\ ˈe-jē \
edgier; edgiest

Definition of edgy

1 : having an edge : sharp
2a : being on edge : tense, irritable
b : characterized by tension edgy negotiations
3 : having a bold, provocative, or unconventional quality an edgy film

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Other Words from edgy

edgily \ ˈe-​jə-​lē \ adverb
edginess \ ˈe-​jē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of edgy in a Sentence

Too much coffee makes me edgy. Why are you so edgy? Their relationship has always been edgy. one of the director's edgier films
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Last night in downtown Manhattan, Clooney looked almost like an off-duty rock star, albeit a polished one, in a biker jacket, skinny jeans, and edgy boots. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Takes Her Wardrobe to an Edgy New Place," 13 Apr. 2018 Just like dare devil Leonardo DiCaprio, Theroux opts out of wearing a helmet, which is, among being both irresponsible and dumb, objectively edgy. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Justin Theroux’s Guide to Being Edgy," 16 Apr. 2018 And here's them looking totally edgy during a gorgeous sunset last month. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber is Probably NOT Dating Hailee Steinfeld, Okay?," 2 May 2017 The service adds about three or four edgy European-style crime shows each month, so anyone who tears through Deadwind will have plenty of options for where to turn next. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream some ‘Nordic noir’ on Netflix, starting with Deadwind," 9 Nov. 2018 Everything in the museum is rated G and PG, with the exception of a basement suite called The Blue Room, which tackles edgier topics like censorship, taboo, and free speech. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "The National Comedy Center Is an Unlikely Attraction That's Putting Western New York Back on the Map," 13 Sep. 2018 In walks Beca, an indipendent and edgy new student who's more interested in DJing than a cappella. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "21 Best Teen Movies You Can't Grow Up Without Watching," 26 July 2018 The edgy, offbeat first season is now streaming on Hulu. Sean Axmaker, The Seattle Times, "Now streaming: ‘Killing Eve,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’," 5 Dec. 2018 Even the hotel’s edgiest art has local inspiration. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "A New Hotel From the Hauser & Wirth Art Dealers," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of edgy

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of edgy

: nervous and tense

: having or showing a harsh or unkind quality

: new and unusual in a way that is likely to make some people uncomfortable

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