Definition of edgy in English:



  • 1Tense, nervous, or irritable.

    ‘he became edgy and defensive’
    • ‘Believe me, I was nervous and felt very edgy.’
    • ‘In the moments before the cameras switch on, he's edgy, nervous, priming us with questions.’
    • ‘Anne was beginning to feel very edgy about not knowing what was going on and the motivations of her rescuer.’
    • ‘It would be weird if she acted so tense and edgy all of a sudden.’
    • ‘The city itself seems edgy and nervous, as can well be expected.’
    • ‘Visitors, if they are not already dead choked by air pollution and bumpy roads, are always nervous and edgy at the thought of the traffic jams and missing a flight or a train.’
    • ‘I'm distracted, tense and edgy, staring intently at the phone willing it to bring me good news.’
    • ‘I think there were times when you could see we were a little bit edgy.’
    • ‘But being slightly edgy and impatient, he struck a bit too soon.’
    • ‘Needless to say, I am a little edgy about future adverse outcomes.’
    • ‘I couldn't even eat lunch I've been so edgy.’
    • ‘Perhaps that's why, behind the affable front, he seems edgy.’
    • ‘Carly pushed past nervous guests and equally edgy guards then stopped and stared.’
    • ‘If anything, it has been exacerbated by recent global tensions, those irritating near-wars which push up the temperature and make leaders edgy.’
    • ‘There were no signs available to tell them where they were and this fact had made him even more edgy.’
    • ‘During a competition the fencers get nervous, edgy and temperamental under the pressure involved.’
    • ‘The commentators were nervous and edgy and there was strain as well as excitement in their voices.’
    • ‘He described her as nervous, edgy, and particularly fearful of authority.’
    • ‘I'd been waiting 25 minutes for a bus and was getting a little edgy.’
    • ‘In the car, Alex and I held hands for a brief moment and I felt less edgy about it.’
    tense, nervous, on edge, highly strung, anxious, apprehensive, uneasy, ill at ease, unsettled, unstable
    excitable, twitchy, jumpy, keyed up, fidgety, restive, skittish, neurotic, brittle, hysterical
    sensitive, insecure
    irritable, touchy, tetchy, testy, crotchety, irascible, peevish, querulous, bad-tempered, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, temperamental, snappy, captious, crabbed, prickly
    uptight, wired
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    1. 1.1 (of a musical performance or a piece of writing) having an intense or sharp quality.
      • ‘But the flute and strings music I have downloaded all seem to show the sharp edgy sounds of the flutes.’
      • ‘There's a cinematic quality to the edgy strings and foreboding beat that accompany All I Need, which is one of the album's best tracks.’
      • ‘Peter Kooy has a vocal quality that's a touch edgy, yet is plentifully musical.’
      • ‘Her voice is good if not emotionally gripping and her songs have an attractive quality but an edgy stimulant is sadly lacking.’
      • ‘It starts with edgy trills from the soloist, but its overall direction of travel is into the silent darkness.’
  • 2informal At the forefront of a trend; experimental or avant-garde.

    ‘their songs combine good music and smart, edgy ideas’
    • ‘Inside, too features a VW quality dash, which makes a break both from previous styling and the Focus' edgy style.’
    • ‘And sure enough, so studiously edgy are the performances that one is never quite sure who harbours the darkest pathology.’
    • ‘Those new to jazz will be thrown into one of the most intense, edgy jazz experiences that sounds strangely modern.’
    • ‘Edward Norton is known for his intense, edgy dramatic roles (Primal Fear, American History X, Fight Club).’
    • ‘Cabaret of the Unlikely is an intense and edgy piece of theatre but due to the content I would fall far short of calling it entertaining and at an hour and three quarters it did get tedious in parts.’
    • ‘The longer, flimsy skirt hanging out of a coat is a rather edgy trend right now.’
    • ‘Olyphant exudes charm and sleaze in about equal proportions, and his edgy performance steals the show.’
    • ‘Granted, they do have a distinct sound, a wide array of musical sounds and edgy lyrics.’
    • ‘But Shannon, who is well regarded in the edgy performance scene here and abroad, has solved the problem by thinking about dance in a different way.’
    • ‘She uses an edgy, in-your-face style to break the communication barrier around the eternal issues and dilemmas of desire.’
    • ‘While the lyrics don't specifically delve into his life there, his experiences seem to be told through the subtle text and edgy, country-folk styled ramblings.’
    • ‘I wanted to write sharp, edgy vignettes of poisonous humor.’
    • ‘Allowing Gallas to take responsibility was the start of an edgy performance.’
    • ‘Although saddled with a convoluted plot, he has invested his film with enough grit, panache and edgy style to make it thoroughly gripping.’
    • ‘One of them is a real movie-star movie, however edgy Julia Roberts's performance.’
    • ‘My client wants a very edgy and flashy style, but her content is dry and the writing is not of the same style as she wants the design.’
    • ‘Fronted by Alan Donohoe, they specialise in creating angular working class anthems that are packed with sharp, edgy guitars and socially relevant lyrics.’
    • ‘Her one-room gallery features colorful, edgy pieces of fine art and contemporary crafts produced by local and out-of-state artists.’
    • ‘Watch it as a piece of sharp, edgy, quality entertainment - hugely enjoyable.’
    • ‘Now he has produced another star turn in Speed-the-Plow, which requires a very different, much more edgy and sharp-tongued style.’