Definition of edgy in US English:



  • 1Tense, nervous, or irritable.

    ‘he became edgy and defensive’
    • ‘It would be weird if she acted so tense and edgy all of a sudden.’
    • ‘Anne was beginning to feel very edgy about not knowing what was going on and the motivations of her rescuer.’
    • ‘Perhaps that's why, behind the affable front, he seems edgy.’
    • ‘There were no signs available to tell them where they were and this fact had made him even more edgy.’
    • ‘I think there were times when you could see we were a little bit edgy.’
    • ‘Needless to say, I am a little edgy about future adverse outcomes.’
    • ‘But being slightly edgy and impatient, he struck a bit too soon.’
    • ‘Believe me, I was nervous and felt very edgy.’
    • ‘During a competition the fencers get nervous, edgy and temperamental under the pressure involved.’
    • ‘I'm distracted, tense and edgy, staring intently at the phone willing it to bring me good news.’
    • ‘If anything, it has been exacerbated by recent global tensions, those irritating near-wars which push up the temperature and make leaders edgy.’
    • ‘Carly pushed past nervous guests and equally edgy guards then stopped and stared.’
    • ‘I'd been waiting 25 minutes for a bus and was getting a little edgy.’
    • ‘The commentators were nervous and edgy and there was strain as well as excitement in their voices.’
    • ‘I couldn't even eat lunch I've been so edgy.’
    • ‘He described her as nervous, edgy, and particularly fearful of authority.’
    • ‘In the moments before the cameras switch on, he's edgy, nervous, priming us with questions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the car, Alex and I held hands for a brief moment and I felt less edgy about it.’
    • ‘The city itself seems edgy and nervous, as can well be expected.’
    tense, nervous, on edge, highly strung, anxious, apprehensive, uneasy, ill at ease, unsettled, unstable
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    1. 1.1 (of a musical performance or piece of writing) having an intense or sharp quality.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the flute and strings music I have downloaded all seem to show the sharp edgy sounds of the flutes.’
      • ‘It starts with edgy trills from the soloist, but its overall direction of travel is into the silent darkness.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2informal At the forefront of a trend; experimental or avant-garde.

    ‘their songs combine good music and smart, edgy ideas’
    • ‘She uses an edgy, in-your-face style to break the communication barrier around the eternal issues and dilemmas of desire.’
    • ‘And sure enough, so studiously edgy are the performances that one is never quite sure who harbours the darkest pathology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her one-room gallery features colorful, edgy pieces of fine art and contemporary crafts produced by local and out-of-state artists.’
    • ‘Olyphant exudes charm and sleaze in about equal proportions, and his edgy performance steals the show.’
    • ‘Watch it as a piece of sharp, edgy, quality entertainment - hugely enjoyable.’
    • ‘Although saddled with a convoluted plot, he has invested his film with enough grit, panache and edgy style to make it thoroughly gripping.’
    • ‘Inside, too features a VW quality dash, which makes a break both from previous styling and the Focus' edgy style.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fronted by Alan Donohoe, they specialise in creating angular working class anthems that are packed with sharp, edgy guitars and socially relevant lyrics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The longer, flimsy skirt hanging out of a coat is a rather edgy trend right now.’
    • ‘I wanted to write sharp, edgy vignettes of poisonous humor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Edward Norton is known for his intense, edgy dramatic roles (Primal Fear, American History X, Fight Club).’
    • ‘Those new to jazz will be thrown into one of the most intense, edgy jazz experiences that sounds strangely modern.’
    • ‘Allowing Gallas to take responsibility was the start of an edgy performance.’
    • ‘Now he has produced another star turn in Speed-the-Plow, which requires a very different, much more edgy and sharp-tongued style.’