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adjective, edg·i·er, edg·i·est.
  1. nervously irritable; impatient and anxious.
  2. sharp-edged; sharply defined, as outlines.
  3. daringly innovative; on the cutting edge.

Origin of edgy

First recorded in 1765–75; edge + -y1
Related formsedg·i·ly, adverbedg·i·ness, noun
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adjective -ier or -iest
  1. (usually postpositive) nervous, irritable, tense, or anxious
  2. (of paintings, drawings, etc) excessively defined
  3. innovative, or at the cutting edge, with the concomitant qualities of intensity and excitement
Derived Formsedgily, adverbedginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for edgier



"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).

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