\ 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 edgy (audio) \ adverb
edginess \ ˈe-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce edgy (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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Recent Examples on the Web Remember that what’s cool and edgy in one location, like tattoos and piercings, may be taboo somewhere else. Tonya Chin, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 From edgy, of-the-moment statements to modern interpretations of iconic American glamour, here are the beauty trends that emerged from the night. Lauren Valent, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2021 Also, half of her face is painted black in an attempt to be edgy. Quinci Legardye, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2021 Filled with sensuous, edgy energy, this fragrance is an exhilarating melody of notes that make the heart beat faster–fresh passionfruit nectar, spicy pink patchouli, sweet jasmine honey, warm vanilla, and tiger orchid in full bloom. Essence, 20 Sep. 2021 Rendered in acrylic, water and pencil, Marie Ringwald’s unpopulated slice of exurbia can be seen as either calm or edgy. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 While Slash had decorated the home with dark, bold and edgy accents, Big Sean wanted the house to be more in line with his personal aesthetic: California cool, clean and classic. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Olivia is the *master* of pulling looks that are equally girly and edgy. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 27 July 2021 From camo and jungle prints to bright and colorful, Hipmask offers designs which are both discreet and a little bit edgy. Nel-olivia Waga, Forbes, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of edgy

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Edgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edgy. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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