\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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Broadcast networks are taking the hardest blow, with their ratings as well as awards diminishing as viewers search out the more distinctive – and edgy – programming on unregulated cable and streaming outlets. Lynn Elber, The Christian Science Monitor, "Streaming continues its dominance as Netflix breaks HBO's 17-year Emmys streak," 13 July 2018 Mandy Moore blew us all away with her edgy silver mini dress at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Saturday. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Mandy Moore Just Rocked a Super-Short, Super-Edgy Dress for the MTV Awards," 18 June 2018 The 29 rooms have Sydney’s edgy, easy vibe with concrete ceilings and pink throws from local brand Seljak. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 The Colombians were edgy, they were ill disciplined but slowly started getting a foothold into the game. SI.com, "A Nation Erupts: England Penalty Shootout Glory Sends Shockwaves Around the Country," 3 July 2018 Instead, Maluma moves fluidly between both, marrying genres and beats with vocals that have dramatically improved and can go from eloquent and melodic to edgy rap. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: All the Best New Latin Songs and Albums You Should Add to Your Playlist," 18 May 2018 For a coffee house experience with an edgy, more urban vibe, check out the Red Chair Cafe, with its industrial chic aesthetic and bold graffiti artwork. Anchorage Daily News, "The best part of waking up: Dive into Anchorage’s coffee culture," 3 May 2018 Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life. SFChronicle.com, "‘Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot’," 2 July 2018 All those eccentric angles and ever-changing patterns of light playing on rooms filled with edgy art? David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "This is why your kids are asking you to drop them off at the Contemporary Arts Center," 28 June 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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