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“Edgy” is an English slang term used to describe things, behaviors or trends which are provocative or avant-garde,[15] and is often used to describe things that are dark and gothic in nature. It is commonly used as an insult on 4chan and Tumblr for someone attempting to be badass by acting emo or overly contrarian.


According to Online Etymology Dictionary,[12] the word originated in 1775 and meant “having sharp edges.” By 1837, the meaning “tense and irritable” was added. The phrase was first added to Urban Dictionary[13] on March 21st, 2005 by user Nikki, who defined it as:

“Applied to books, music, or even haircuts which tend to challenge societal norms and reveal the dark side.”


One of the first recorded instances of the word “edgy” in its current slang context was in 4chan’s /tv/ board on April 8th, 2010,[14] in response to another user saying they would refuse to have sex with actress Lindsay Lohan.

On November 13th, 2011, YouTuber Errant Signal[11] released a video discussing edgy concepts in video games, using footage from the 1997-2001 American animated television series Daria. As of January 25th, 2014, the video has over 45,000 views.

On June 18th, 2012, an image of “Now That’s What I Call Edgy” written in the style of the CD series ‘Now That’s What I Call Music" (pictured below) was posted on the “Oh No They Didn’t” LiveJournal page.[8] On July 1st, the image was posted on 4chan’s /v/ (Videogames) board in a thread about Felicia Day.[9]

On October 25th, 2013, Twitter user Triple-Q uploaded a parody image of a Canadian-American cartoon show Ed, Edd and Eddy, named “Edg, Edge, and Edgy,” featuring the likenesses of Ryuko Matoi from Kill la Kill, Dante from DmC: Devil May Cry, and Shadow the Hedgehog from Sonic franchise[10].

Notable Examples

The term is widely used on internet sites like 4chan,[1] reddit,[2] and Funnyjunk.[3]

Search Interest

External References

[1]Foolz! – Search: edgy

[2]reddit – Search: edgy

[3]FunnyJunk – Search: edgy

[4]Foolz! – Add Edgy to the spam filter.

[5]Foolz! – Edgy

[6]Foolz! – Block word Edgy

[7]Foolz! – Get rid of Edgyfags

[8]ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com – Watch Shia LaBeouf get naked and do interpretive dance for Sigur Rós

[9]Foolz! – Felicia Day thread

[10]Twitter – Edg, Edge, and Edgy

[11]Youtube – Errant Signal

[12]Online Etymology Dictionary – edgy

[13]Urban Dictionary – edgy

[14]Foolz! – Thread #8288665

[15]Edgy – Merriam-Webster

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I might be waving the flags a little early, but I think we’ll need to be careful with this entry. See, the reason the Cringeworthy board went to heck is because the definition of cringe is somewhat broad, which is why such diverse and often inapplicable material was posted there. The elucidation of ‘edge’ could span from genuine tryhard edgy posts, to amateur grimdark art, to excess Gothic attire, all the way back to stubborn fedora folk. All I mean is it’d better be made clear what kind of stuff should be posted here, otherwise there might be a torrent of half-assed pictures with a mild seasoning of edginess; and we’ve seen what kind of trouble that causes. I dunno, maybe I’m just worrying over nothing; maybe we’ve learnt our lesson. Time’ll tell.

That aside, the entry looks promising. It’s hard to find anywhere this phrase doesn’t pop up. +1 confirm.


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