edgy

edgy
edgy "having sharp edges," 1755, from EDGE (Cf. edge) (n.) + -Y (Cf. -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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  • Edgy — Edg y, a. [From {Edge}.] 1. Easily irritated; sharp; as, an edgy temper. [1913 Webster] 2. (Fine Arts) Having some of the forms, such as drapery or the like, too sharply defined. An edgy style of sculpture. Hazlitt. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • edgy — For most people the dominant sense is derived from the idiom have one s nerves on edge, i.e. ‘peevish and irritable’. Since the 1970s, however, a new meaning ‘at the forefront of ideas, trendy’ has come to the fore, based on another idiom built… …   Modern English usage

  • edgy — [adj] nervous anxious, critical, excitable, excited, high strung, ill at ease, impatient, irascible, irritable, keyed up*, overstrung, restive, restless, skittish, tense, touchy, uneasy, uptight; concept 401 Ant. calm, composed, easy going, laid… …   New thesaurus

  • edgy — ► ADJECTIVE (edgier, edgiest) ▪ tense, nervous, or irritable. DERIVATIVES edgily adverb edginess noun …   English terms dictionary

  • edgy — [ej′ē] adj. edgier, edgiest 1. having an edge or edges; sharp 2. irritable; on edge 3. having outlines that are too sharp: said of drawings, paintings, etc. 4. [< CUTTING EDGE] Informal innovative, daring, unconventional, etc. edgily adv …   English World dictionary

  • edgy — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, seem, sound ▪ become, get ▪ He began to get very edgy. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • Edgy — Liste des versions d Ubuntu Article principal : Ubuntu. Les nouvelles versions d’Ubuntu, sortent deux fois par an, utilisant l’année et le mois de la sortie comme numéro de version. La première version, par exemple, était Ubuntu 4.10,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • edgy — UK [ˈedʒɪ] / US adjective Word forms edgy : adjective edgy comparative edgier superlative edgiest 1) a) in a bad mood because you are worried or nervous b) used about a situation when it is difficult to feel calm because people are angry or upset …   English dictionary

  • edgy — mod. nervous; anxious and uncertain. □ I feel sort of edgy about the race. □ I’m just an edgy guy. □ Don’t let yourself get so edgy …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • edgy — adjective (edgier; est) Date: 1775 1. having an edge ; sharp 2. a. being on edge ; tense, irritable b. characterized by tension < edgy negotiations > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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