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[ej-ee] /ˈɛdʒ i/
adjective, edgier, edgiest.
nervously irritable; impatient and anxious.
sharp-edged; sharply defined, as outlines.
daringly innovative; on the cutting edge.
Origin of edgy
First recorded in 1765-75; edge + -y1
Related forms
edgily, adverb
edginess, noun Unabridged
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  • Don't be afraid of over-exactness, nor of hardness and edginess here.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • Every one would know that the clean and clever little story was her own and the edginess his.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • This also should so break up the edges as to get rid of any feeling of squareness or edginess.

    The Painter in Oil Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
British Dictionary definitions for edginess


adjective -ier, -iest
(usually postpositive) nervous, irritable, tense, or anxious
(of paintings, drawings, etc) excessively defined
innovative, or at the cutting edge, with the concomitant qualities of intensity and excitement
Derived Forms
edgily, adverb
edginess, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for edginess



"having sharp edges," 1755, from edge (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "tense and irritable" is attested by 1837, perhaps from notion of being on the edge, at the point of doing something irrational (a figurative use attested from c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for edginess



  1. (also on edge) Tense and irritable; nervous; uptight: I saw he was getting a bit edgy, so I agreed to include him (1837+)
  2. Daringly advanced; on the cutting edge: Spurred by the sudden obsession with youth culture, these editors are producing a series of visually edgy, culturally progressive new glossies (1990s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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