Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Nervous or irritable: The performers were edgy as they waited for the show to begin.
  • adj. Having a sharp or biting edge: an edgy wit.
  • adj. Daring, provocative, or trend-setting: an exhibition of edgy photographs; an edgy menu.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. nervous, apprehensive
  • adj. : creatively challenging; cutting edge; leading edge
  • adj. : on the edge between acceptable and offensive; pushing the boundaries of good taste; dodgy
  • adj. irritable
  • adj. Having some of the forms, such as drapery or the like, too sharply defined.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Easily irritated; sharp.
  • adj. Having some of the forms, such as drapery or the like, too sharply defined.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Showing an edge; sharply defined; angular.
  • Keen-tempered; irritable: as, an edgy temper.
  • Having contours which are too sharply defined: said of a picture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being in a tense state

Etymologies

edge +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As a twenty-three-year-old woman living in New York City, I will assign myself the role of ambassador of my generation and attempt to respond to your article discussing the word edgy.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • He said it rather crossly, for his nerves were what he called edgy, and the girl still irritated him.

    The Lookout Man

  • There is enough out there that is what they call edgy and quite hard-hitting and modern and fashionable.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • Anyway, today’s terminology of the word edgy has become a bit extreme.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • As I have stated before, we´ve always lived in edgy places and always will do so until it´s over. jajajajaja

    Moving Forwardly Backwardly

  • As I have stated before, we´ve always lived in edgy places and always will do so until it´s over.

    Moving Forwardly Backwardly

  • The thing about living in edgy´places is that one is in no particular danger from the social ferment unless one is engaged in that ferment on one side or the other.

    Living on the Edge

  • I've never used the word edgy to describe ABC Family, and I can't see it bringing the likes of Kat's black panties or her classic, eye-roll-equipped line "I want you, I need you, oh baby oh baby" to the network.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • I found the desert "edgy" - especially during the unsettling winter rainstorms.

    UUpdates - All updates

  • On it, she ditches piano chords for gritty guitar riffs and delivers a darker, groove-based sound that King describes as "edgy" -

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

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