fidget

noun
fidg·et | \ˈfi-jət \

Definition of fidget 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : uneasiness or restlessness as shown by nervous movements usually used in plural

2 [ 2fidget ] : one that fidgets

fidget

verb
fidgeted; fidgeting; fidgets

Definition of fidget (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move or act restlessly or nervously

transitive verb

: to cause to move or act nervously

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Examples of fidget in a Sentence

Verb

He was constantly fidgeting in his chair. small children are likely to fidget in church

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If the fidget spinner theme didn’t tip you off, the fair is geared toward families and samples the best of what this big state represents. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "All the new State Fair offerings: wine tastings, silent discos, coasters and acai bowls," 12 July 2018 Malinowski said the theater chain partnered with national advocacy nonprofit Autism Speaks to train staff and create a sensory-sensitive environment, including by allowing guests to bring small fidgets, blankets, and other comfort items. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Showcase Cinemas to launch sensory-friendly screenings," 21 June 2018 Cousins Jaylen Manley, left, Josh Barrow-Adams and Elisha Adams show off some of their wares, including aroma-therapy bracelets and a new kind of fidget toy. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "At a D.C. business fair, kids test their entrepreneurial skills — and cash in," 12 May 2018 There are fidget toys and other games as well as visual aids to help provide a distraction and calm anxiety. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "Red Bulls focus on aaccommodating fans with special needs," 19 Apr. 2018 Andy Ross is a fidget spinner of a man, quiet, apparently motionless, but going a thousand miles an hour. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 For example, wearing gloves to prevent picking or playing with a fidget spinner to keep your hands busy. Laura Dorwart, SELF, "How K Beauty Helps Me Manage My Skin-Picking Disorder," 14 May 2018 And now, Kim Kardashian is getting in on the trend with a questionable fidget spinner all of her own. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Selling A Gold Fidget Spinner That Says "Daddy"," 19 June 2017 News of Baden-Powell’s experiment, as well as the publication of the new manual, turned scouting into a full-blown infatuation — like fidget spinners, but with a purpose. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Wolves, Bulls, Ravens: The Boy Scout movement’s unlikely start and intrepid founder," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The relatives read magazines, fidget with their cell phones, visit the cafeteria, pray. Peg Quann, Philly.com, "Waiting for a loved one in surgery, Jefferson uses webcam to update family members from the OR," 21 June 2018 Tired and nervous, the migrants were wearing the clothes they had been arrested in, translation headsets, and ankle chains that clinked as some of them fidgeted. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "With 'zero tolerance,' new strain on already struggling immigration courts," 9 July 2018 Jim Pitman, the Suns’ executive vice president and chief financial officer, fidgets in his seat. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "How it happened: Phoenix Suns win NBA draft lottery," 19 May 2018 As Trump harangued Nielsen for more than 30 minutes in front of the Cabinet this month, other aides grimaced and fidgeted. Josh Dawsey And Nick Miroff, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We’re closed!’: Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018 As Trump harangued Nielsen for more than 30 minutes in front of the Cabinet this month, other aides grimaced and fidgeted. Josh Dawsey, courant.com, "'We're closed!': Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018 As Trump harangued Nielsen for more than 30 minutes in front of the Cabinet this month, other aides grimaced and fidgeted. Author: Josh Dawsey, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "‘We’re closed!’: Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018 Beth Warren Natasha Turpin began to fidget, tapping her foot on the car floorboard on the way to see her two youngest children. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Out of rehab, mom of 3 hopes to show kids: 'I'm not the same person'," 3 May 2018 The children of the rich and famous – at least one future billionaire among them – were spending their spare time dabbling with orgonites, which just happen to have a slightly more fraught history than, say, fidget spinners or terrariums. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of fidget

Noun

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1754, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fidget

Noun

irregular from fidge

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fidget

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fidget

: to make a lot of small movements because you are nervous, bored, etc. : to move or act in a nervous or restless way

fidget

verb
fidg·et | \ˈfi-jət \
fidgeted; fidgeting

Kids Definition of fidget

: to move in a restless or nervous way

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