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

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 Friendly and rumpled, with an unruly halo of curly hair, the 30-year-old widely known as SBF has an affinity for League of Legends, fidget spinners, and other trappings of nerd culture. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 Like fidget spinners for toddlers, these toys are oddly enticing — the suction cups stick to tables, counters and each other, and each one rattles, so there's a lot of stimulation going on. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 These durable and colorful fidget toys can be pulled, stretched and squished whenever your teen is bored or needs some stress relief. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 July 2022 The sensory bags will include noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2022 That’s when the idea came to him to create clothing with fidget toys attached, so they wouldn’t get lost. Globe Staff,, 16 June 2022 Before the fidget spinner, there was the Tech Deck — the miniature skateboard everyone played with in middle school during the aughts. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 24 May 2022 Refresh for the summer with this pencil case, which combines storage with the hot fidget toy of the moment. Selina Tedesco, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 The next step is creating a space stocked with fidget toys, Nerf balls, a weighted blanket or a rocking chair. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t fidget in your seat, look away from the camera or seem distracted. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 27 June 2022 In a brainstorm, toys—such as a magnetic gyro wheel, fidget toys or expandable spheres—can bring out the best thinking. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The need to fidget in class and outside of class likely got a bump during the pandemic, said David Anderson, clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, a non-profit seeking to transform child and adolescent mental health. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 There have been a number of studies that find that fidgets or fidgeting help children focus, while other research suggests that fidget toys can lead to poorer educational outcomes. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 As for the past two hundred years of intervention, the Office of No will have its hands full revisiting everything from central banking and leaving cryptocurrency alone, to antitrust regulation, to fidget spinners. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Stay grounded, don’t squirm, fidget or look at your phone. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 His hands, police said, started to fidget and shake. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 8 June 2021 Objects people fidget with include paper clips, USB thumb drives, earbuds and sticky tape. Katherine Isbister, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 See More

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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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“Fidget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for fidget


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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