adjective, edg·i·er, edg·i·est.

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 formsedg·i·ly, adverbedg·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for edginess

Contemporary Examples of edginess

Historical Examples of edginess

  • 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 or -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 Formsedgily, adverbedginess, noun
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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).

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