\ 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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Zoë Kravitz shows us an effortless but edgy way to pull off this look with platform booties and a gold choker. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "These Coachella Outfit Ideas Are So Good, You'll Be Watching the Likes Roll In," 7 Mar. 2019 Its modern decor is edgy yet elegant, which sets the mood for their gourmet creations like the Santa Barbara Uni. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 Seven struggled after a plethora of newer and edgier labels flooded the market. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Wrangler Owner Looks to Exit Jeans Business," 10 Aug. 2018 The party reportedly took place in the garage of the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, THR reports, because Jay-Z and Beyoncé are edgy like that. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Showed Up to Beyoncé's Oscars After Party Looking Like the Snack She Is," 25 Feb. 2019 The franchise is stalling in part because its desire to be edgy won’t line up with its desire to be traditional. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Bekah Martinez Refuses To Play By The Rules Of Bachelor Nation," 22 June 2018 These are wonderful qualities, being edgy, insulting, badgering. Fox News, "Trump slams 'disgraceful' leak of Mueller questions," 2 May 2018 The finished product was edgy, showing images of male athletes in sports bras and women dancing around what appeared to be a strippers' pole. Jeff Manning, OregonLive.com, "Nike's challenges in #me-too era prompts big media attention," 28 Apr. 2018 The winner and undisputed BIG CHEESE stands alone at the end of the competition Luke Burbank is driving us to: The mood is edgy at the 2018 Cheesemonger Invitational (CMI) in San Francisco. CBS News, "Crowning the Big Cheese at the Cheesemonger Invitational," 22 Apr. 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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