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 Replace your kid’s fidget spinner with a one-pound weight or even a can of beans. Washington Post, "How to keep kids active as the weather cools and the pandemic rolls on," 22 Oct. 2020 The kits included card games, adult coloring books, socks, nail polish and fidget spinners, among other things. Jordan Erb, The Indianapolis Star, "After beating cancer, 19-year-old enrolls in nursing school to help kids battling illness," 22 Oct. 2020 If bouts of nervousness tend to occur during times when you’re supposed to sit still, like in a Zoom meeting, a fidget toy may help. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "15 products that help with stress relief," 21 Oct. 2020 The Flushing Hospital Medical Center in New York, which performed the study, found that fidget toys can be beneficial for all students, including those with learning disabilities. Ariana Taylor, Star Tribune, "This company reinvented the computer mouse, with good reason," 18 Oct. 2020 Before the fidget spinner, there was the Tech Deck — the miniature skateboard every single person played with in middle school, and Oriental Trading has the cutest Halloween mini skateboards. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "21 Non-Candy Halloween Treats Your Trick-or-Treaters Will Love," 11 Aug. 2020 North Carolina Republican Richard Burr handed out fidget spinners to his colleagues during the pre-trial lunch and brought an squishy orange stress ball with him on the Senate floor. Daniel Flatley,, "Fidget Spinners and Quick Breaks: Senators Fight Impeachment Trial Fatigue," 10 May 2020 Sometimes, classes for the younger students start with a vigorous session of jumping jacks to get the fidgets out. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Future Kiddie uses computers to combine learning and play and bring STEM into schools," 5 Apr. 2020 Avraham Eisenberg, a New York wholesaler who is trying to ship masks from China, compared the rush for masks to the fad several years ago for fidget spinners. Jack Nicas, New York Times, "It’s Bedlam in the Mask Market, as Profiteers Out-Hustle Good Samaritans," 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Because of research of his own that saw similar results, Lynch decided to create a tool similar to fidget toys that could provide the same functionality. Ariana Taylor, Star Tribune, "This company reinvented the computer mouse, with good reason," 18 Oct. 2020 For instance, limited research suggests that fidget toys can actually help kids stay focused on cognitive tasks. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "How to keep your kid digitally healthy," 14 Sep. 2020 Don’t fidget or try to get other work done on the side during a videoconference. Mika Brzezinski, NBC News, "Mika's Know Your Value pandemic reset: Get your Zoom face on," 9 Sep. 2020 Trump further claimed that a big problem with facial coverings is that people fidget with them. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Trump says China may have intentionally spread coronavirus," 18 June 2020 Five teenagers in Hardee's parking lot jump, twitch, and fidget, waiting impatiently for the driver to return. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: Lotus Esprit Jim Clark Edition Honors a Racing Hero," 18 June 2020 Now the labor shortage suggests the shortfall could more than double, Nageeb said, and growers are beginning to fidget. Eko Listiyorini,, "Malaysia Farms Face $3 Billion Hit From Palm Oil Worker Shortage," 5 June 2020 Five men sit behind her on an orange carpet, heads bowed and fidgeting. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Kidnapped aid worker in Nigeria pleads for her life on video: ‘We have families’," 25 July 2019 After being warned for taking more than the allotted 25 seconds between serves, Kyrgios mimicked how Nadal fidgets before a point, as if to remind the chair umpire that there are folks who more egregiously waste time. Howard Fendrich,, "Never a dull moment as Nick Kyrgios advances to third round at Australian Open," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of fidget was in 1674

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29 Oct 2020

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“Fidget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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