fidg·​et | \ ˈfi-jət How to pronounce fidget (audio) \

Definition of fidget

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : uneasiness or restlessness as shown by nervous movements usually used in plural
2 [fidget entry 2] : one that fidgets


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 To keep up with the hydration craze, carafe companies have released new, high-tech versions that promise to increase your H2O intake through virtual nudges and tops reminiscent of trendy fidget toys. Margo Ghertner, WSJ, "Can a Smart Water Bottle Motivate You to Hydrate?," 12 May 2021 My favorites are modeling dough or play clay, fidget spinners and tiny round magnets. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Get help if you’re lonely," 16 Mar. 2021 Toilet seats, Christmas ornaments, fidget spinners, and men’s bikini briefs., "Artist Sonya Clark weaves a corrective to the story of the Confederacy," 21 Apr. 2021 Basically, this is why stress balls and fidget spinners exist, but some of us just prefer to use a scrap of silk from an old nightgown. Olivia Harrison,, "Meet The Adults Who Still Sleep With Security Blankets," 15 Apr. 2021 Dear Heloise: Executive fidget toys are all the rage! Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Get help if you’re lonely," 16 Mar. 2021 This is an innovative sensory and fidget tool that is small and compact. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Fidget Toys for Stress Relief," 9 Mar. 2021 Tasium sends one shirt and one fidget toy per order. Globe Staff,, "17-year-old founder and CEO of Tasium wins national entrepreneurship competition," 15 Feb. 2021 The formal study will involve a computerized fidget ball and carefully coded video observation of the participants. Popular Science, "Fidgeting can relax your body and brain—if you do it right," 6 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, fidget toys have been available for kids to use for therapeutic purposes for quite some time. Katherine Isbister, The Conversation, "Popping toys, the latest fidget craze, might reduce stress for adults and children alike," 7 May 2021 Rogen would fidget incessantly, leave his seat and interrupt class, antagonizing teachers. New York Times, "Seth Rogen and the Secret to Happiness," 20 Apr. 2021 The kits include items like a weighted blanket, sunglasses, noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys and a stress ball, said Tice, who put together the kits. S. Wayne Carter Jr.,, "Police agencies in Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace selling patches to promote autism awareness in April," 13 Apr. 2021 In fact, the killer maintained eye contact and did not fidget while deceiving. Jessica Seigel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why You Can’t Spot a Liar Just By Looking," 30 Mar. 2021 For example, the quiet grove is semi-enclosed and has translucent Plexiglass and fidget spinners to help kids calm down. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Inclusiveness is a priority at this redesigned Irving park," 18 Mar. 2021 When Covid-19 eventually abates, children across America will once again fidget in classrooms, sip from hallway water fountains and bounce balls in shiny-floored gymnasiums. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s First 3-D Printed School May Soon Be a Reality," 16 Mar. 2021 Schweitzer and her team are currently developing a study to get a better understanding of how people fidget. Popular Science, "Fidgeting can relax your body and brain—if you do it right," 6 Jan. 2021 While there’s no concrete answer as to why some people feel especially compelled to fidget, prevailing theories often link it to attention. Popular Science, "Fidgeting can relax your body and brain—if you do it right," 6 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of fidget


1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1754, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fidget


irregular from fidge

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15 May 2021

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“Fidget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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


fidg·​et | \ ˈfi-jət How to pronounce fidget (audio) \
fidgeted; fidgeting

Kids Definition of fidget

: to move in a restless or nervous way

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