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 [ 2fidget ] : 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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But lightning never strikes twice on the same carton of eggs, and not even a fidget spinner nor AirPods could get an egg to be the most popular post on the platform. Dami Lee, The Verge, "TikTok turns one: its first 12 months, as told through TikToks," 2 Aug. 2019 That’s why the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford is now offering visitors with autism and similar disorders special bags equipped with noise-canceling headphones, stress-relief fidget toys, verbal cue cards and wrist bands. Martin E. Comas,, "Central Florida Zoo helps children with autism and other sensory needs," 18 July 2019 Slime is basically just a gooey fidget toy, and its stardom is predicated on people filming themselves playing with it. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Jell-O is finally capitalizing on the Instagram slime trend," 15 Nov. 2018 Turning the wheel felt nearly frictionless, sort of like someone dropped a fidget spinner into the steering column. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 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,, "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,, "Red Bulls focus on aaccommodating fans with special needs," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The restless brightness of the flames made them seem to fidget. Ken Follett, Smithsonian, "A Hymn to Notre-Dame," 15 Apr. 2019 Connolly said, fidgeting as a uniformed woman at the entrance to Pimlico Elementary/Middle School repeatedly called out No. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "With or without insurance, people come for free medical and dental care in Baltimore," 7 Sep. 2019 Townsend’s tactical shift appeared to unsettle Andreescu, who muttered and fidgeted and stomped. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Bianca Andreescu Makes the Case for More Attention in Her Victory Over Taylor Townsend," 3 Sep. 2019 Sprawled across the hardwood floor, fidgeting just moments earlier, the boys are motionless. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Should the Lakers reunite with Dwight Howard?," 20 Aug. 2019 Down the hall a few hours later, a bunch of voice-over first-timers crowd into Studio B. A teenager, young adults, guys pushing 50,they’re all tense, arms crossed, fidgeting thumbs and bouncing legs. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "In the age of ear buds and audiobooks, they want to be the voices in your head," 12 Aug. 2019 Down the hall a few hours later, a bunch of voice-over first-timers crowd into Studio B. A teenager, young adults, guys pushing 50,they're all tense, arms crossed, fidgeting thumbs and bouncing legs. Travis Deshong,, "In the age of ear buds and audiobooks, they want to be the voices in your head," 10 Aug. 2019 Most of the staff accurately named Fortnite, Black Panther and fidget spinners to start, but things got better as the subjects got harder. Emily Caron,, "Ohio State's Football Coaches Can't Name the 2010s and It's Amazing," 19 July 2019 But if a child called out an answer without raising a hand or fidgeted in their seat, for example, their clip would be moved to yellow, then red. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "Why Some of the Country’s Best Urban Schools Are Facing a Reckoning," 5 July 2019

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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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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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