something or someone trying too hard to be cool, almost to a point where it's cringe worthy.
"that skull with the flowers around it is edgy as fuck"
by ゴジラ December 13, 2016
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Simple-mindedly and transparently trying to appear tough or 'cool', for the sake of being provocative and/or offensive.

Usually, this is done to disguise the fact that otherwise, that person or thing is not at all - intellectually or otherwise - provocative.
The main protagonist of the video game DmC: Devil May Cry is a good example of an edgy character. Instead of allowing himself to be perceived as cool or tough by others through doing impressive things, he needs to resort to heavy cursing and macho posturing. In doing so, it becomes clear to the viewer that the character itself is probably trying desperately to seem cooler than they are.

In stark contrast, the protagonist of previous games in the series was considered cool because of his wit, carefree attitude, and refusal to be intimidated. If he too attempted to make himself look cool, at least those attempts were cloaked better, and didn't try to be overtly provocative.
by WhiteWarlock September 26, 2016
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the act of being edgy is basically teenage kids that think theyre cool. hardcore kids seem to think theyre the fucking edgyest things everr.
"why are you wearing that bandanna out of your pocket," says 9th grade homeroom teacher.

"because i'm effin edgy biotch," says asshole.
by btribe June 15, 2008
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Adjective. Taking coolness to its extreme and generally beyond the realm of actual possibility, while at the same time seemingly unaware of how ridiculous it is.

Distinctions from similar words:
* Mary-Sue: This is distinct from mary-sue because characters generally have "flaws", but which end up making them cooler as opposed to actually flawed.
* Try-hard: Edgy characters go for diversity in their coolness instead of a specific theme. An edgy character is much more diversely cool, whereas a try-hard goes for something specific, like "only using knives" or "hates color because he/she is goth".
* Campy: Edgy things are either unaware of their ridiculousness or actively try to explain it away. In contrast, campy things are totally aware of how ridiculous they are and actively embrace it.
Examples of Edgy characters/things:
* Guts from Berserk: short black hair, insanely large sword, missing hand (which he replaced with a gun), scars (which make him look cool).
* Dante from the more recent DMC:Devil May Cry.
* Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII.
* Pretty much any protagonist of a "dark and gritty" anime.
* All of the characters from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series.
* Nearly every character in a World of Darkness campaign, especially when LARPing.
* Clive Owen, Jason Statham Bruce Willis, and Liam Neeson in a lot of their more recent films.
by Recurve March 24, 2015
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Applied to books, music, or even haircuts which tend to challenge societal norms and reveal the dark side. Cutting edge.
Novels by Chris Crutcher, Adam Rapp, and Alex Flinn.
by Nikki March 21, 2005
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Daria - "As far as I can make out, edgy occurs when middlebrow, middle-aged profiteers are looking to suck the energy -- not to mention the spending money -- out of the "youth culture." So they come up with this fake concept of seeming to be dangerous when every move they make is the result of market research and a corporate master plan."
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by Red Sewer Rat April 4, 2006
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ANOTHER NEW TREND OF AN OVERUSED ADJECTIVE THROWN AROUND THE INTERNET TO USE IN ARGUMENTS AND PATHETIC INSULTS WHEN THE PERSON USING THE WORD DOES NOT HAVE THE CREATIVE CAPACITY OR A THOUGHT PROCESS WHICH CAN GENERATE ORIGINAL MATERIAL TO USE AN INSULT THAT STILL HAS SOME VALUE
Person who is entitled to their opinion: I don't like Marvel movies, they're too cheesy and not very serious

Internet Sheep user: Wh0a, u must be rlly edgy br0. dam br0, look at u, ur so edgy. EDGY EDGY EDGY
by Cloth Talk October 12, 2016
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