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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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  • They were all edgy or simply frightened, but they were taking it very well.

    What Rough Beast? Jefferson Highe
  • She would, he thought, have been good-looking if she had not looked so tired and so edgy.

    The Stars, My Brothers Edmond Hamilton
  • He wanted to face her when he had a free mind, when she had slept well, when her temper was not so edgy.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • What little I had to say would be brief, I told them, but "edgy."

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • After he had ordered his own lunch, he turned to her with an edgy politeness.

British Dictionary definitions for edgy


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
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Word Origin and History for edgy

"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 edgy



  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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