\ ˈe-jē How to pronounce edgy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce edgily (audio) \ adverb
edginess \ ˈe-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce edginess (audio) \ 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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The kind of people whose stories are deemed too small or too edgy for the big studios. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: SDSU study says women in Hollywood finally have reason to celebrate," 24 June 2019 Wide, hefty stripes pack a graphic color punch that feels youthful and edgy while beachy accessories like espadrilles and a straw hat bring the summer to your style. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "8 Pretty Ways to Wear Red, White, and Blue This Fourth of July," 21 June 2019 Blanchard's score, conducted by William Long, is a cinematic mosaic sprinkling the orchestral writing with soft and edgier jazz and rowdy gospel singing. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 Christie Murphy Age:28 Hometown: Staten Island, New York Current City: Keyport, New Jersey Occupation: Boutique Owner Three adjectives that describe you: Outgoing, overachiever, and edgy. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Meet the cast of Big Brother season 21," 17 June 2019 Then choose a readable typeface that suits your style: pretty or playful, edgy or elegant, casual or corporate. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "A stationery wardrobe helps your home say hello," 12 June 2019 The show is at once emotional, witty, and edgy, and it's been met with all kinds of positive reviews from casual viewers and critics alike. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "When Will 'Dead to Me' Season 2 Come to Netflix? Here's What We Know So Far," 6 May 2019 Williams, on the other hand, went edgy with a black combat boots, leggings, a black coat with tartan accents, thick glasses and a handle bag. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Serena Williams Reunite for Dinner in NYC," 20 Feb. 2019 Exquisite, edgy and sophisticated stage costumes have been custom-designed by costume designer Josseline Tanus and costumer Julie Berry. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A Ghoulishly School Affair: Behind the scenes at La Costa Canyon High School’s production of The Addams Family," 11 Apr. 2019

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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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