[ ej-ee ]
/ ˈɛdʒ i /

adjective, edg·i·er, edg·i·est.

nervously irritable; impatient and anxious.
sharp-edged; sharply defined, as outlines.
daringly innovative; on the cutting edge.

Nearby words

  1. edgeworth,
  2. edgeworth, maria,
  3. edging,
  4. edging lobelia,
  5. edgingly,
  6. edh,
  7. edhessa,
  8. edi,
  9. ediacaran,
  10. edible

Origin of edgy

First recorded in 1765–75; edge + -y1

Related formsedg·i·ly, adverbedg·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for edgy


/ (ˈɛdʒɪ) /

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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