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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Residents are still edgy over a series of student killings last summer.
▪ And if it was pre-theatre the diners would be all edgy and watching their watches.
▪ As I looked around me I noticed that some of the regular worshippers appeared edgy too.
▪ But just as the other woman was bony and edgy, this one was well padded.
▪ His edgy vocal deliveries and frowns are more than offset by the way his face never stops telling us he cares.
▪ I've not been sleeping well since the house was ransacked, and it's made me very edgy.
▪ Obsessional, edgy, uncomfortable to be with.
▪ The spotted mare started to eat her hay, but Gary's mare went on walking round, very edgy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Edgy \Edg"y\, a. [From Edge.]

  1. Easily irritated; sharp; as, an edgy temper.

  2. (Fine Arts) Having some of the forms, such as drapery or the like, too sharply defined. ``An edgy style of sculpture.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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). Related: Edgily; edginess.


a. 1 nervous, apprehensive 2 ''(entertainment/advertising jargon):'' creatively challenging; cutting edge; leading edge 3 ''(entertainment/advertising jargon)'': on the edge between acceptable and offensive; pushing the boundaries of good taste; dodgy 4 (context dated English) irritable 5 (context art English) Having some of the forms, such as drapery or the like, too sharply defined. 6 (of a knife or blade) sharp.

  1. adj. being in a tense state [syn: high-strung, highly strung, in suspense(p), jittery, jumpy, nervy, overstrung, restive, uptight]

  2. [also: edgiest, edgier]

Usage examples of "edgy".

Cam hesitated, searching for a descriptor, but the ones that came to mind--dark, edgy, unsettling--were not helpful.

That evening at anchor aboard the Busted Flush the three Floatation associates were edgy.

On the other hand, Grig thought, taking a deep breath, a talk with Uncle had a way of making the whole universe seem edgy, if not outright dangerous.

They were wary and alert, and Triskal, still recovering from his recent encounter with Rafar, felt especially edgy when he considered where they were leading Hank.

Out of the onetime slammer comes a promo campaign headed by Peter Russell, the edgiest sexploitation director ever.

Normal drill would be to take a sideman along, and although Tregare could find nothing remotely suspicious about the situation, he felt edgy and could have used the confidence of some backup.

You know how I hated Spicer going away without me: you know how I miss him, how lonely and edgy I get.

It was large and black, but its hair was tufty, its body scrawny and clumsy, and its manner edgy, anxious, verging on the completely neurotic.

Luta stood firm on his demands, and so the operation began, with Luta wide awake on the table and the walls lined with edgy Benji warriors.

Lyman carried the pitch package, color-matched, polyethnic, edgy and cool, with great copy.

Her hair continued to halo, her body carried the edgy tension of a viper waiting to strike and her face remained a mask of rage unlessened by taking Liuthan.

Unless edgy nerves and a rasping voice were part of Akron, as they might be.

Leaden daylight, passing through the panes, speckled the room with the watery-gray shadows of the hundreds of beads that tracked down the glass, and Sam was so edgy that he could almost feel those small ameboid phantoms crawling over him.

So once again, she was back at Beaux Reves, edgy, dissatisfied, and secretly disgusted with herself.

Mirtai was not in her customary place at the door, and that made Berit even more edgy.