The subculture takes the name from the 1981 song Straight Edge by the hardcore punk band Minor Threat.
straight edge (countable and uncountable, plural straight edges)
- (uncountable) A lifestyle and subculture that advocates abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and the usage of recreational drugs.
- Synonym: sXe
- (countable) Alternative form of straightedge
- ^ Ian MacKaye (lyrics and music) (1981), “Straight Edge”, performed by Minor Threat: “I don't even think about speed / That's something I just don't need / I've got the straight edge”
- ^ Ross Haenfler (2006) Straight Edge, Rutgers University Press, →ISBN, page 7