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 There is currently only limited research on fidget toys and their effect on children. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 This could be a smooth rock, fidget spinner, lotion, a pet or loving exchange such as a hug. Womensmedia, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 The kits include pinwheels, Slinkys, stickers and other fidget toys to provide a diversion while children ages 5 to 11 receive their shot. Allana Haynes,, 22 Nov. 2021 Plus, the soft squishy texture of the dumpling and the popping out of their body also cleverly plays into the current bubble fidget poppers toy craze. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Specifically, Derr expects to be able to sell more small fidget toys, silicone Pop It! Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 16 Oct. 2021 Others have incorporated a playful element into their work, like Ruth Leslie's tactile heddle earrings and fidget rings. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Fast forward up to the 2000s with Crookers and Switch, and people with the fidget sound. Lisa Kocay, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Madison already owned 145 fidget toys, which are tools often used by therapists. Haley Velasco, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Splatter has more than 30 arms, perfect for the person who loves to twist and fidget. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, 15 May 2021 In fact, fidget toys have been available for kids to use for therapeutic purposes for quite some time. Katherine Isbister, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 Rogen would fidget incessantly, leave his seat and interrupt class, antagonizing teachers. New York Times, 20 Apr. 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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3 Jan 2022

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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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