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 edgy

Contemporary Examples of edgy

Historical Examples of edgy

  • Especially with a man like James, who is as sharp as a razor, and just as edgy.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • I had been sitting around Chris's for a couple of hours, and I was beginning to get edgy.

  • She would, he thought, have been good-looking if she had not looked so tired and so edgy.

    The Stars, My Brothers

    Edmond Hamilton

  • 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 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 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).

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