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

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 Andy Ross is a fidget spinner of a man, quiet, apparently motionless, but going a thousand miles an hour. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 For example, wearing gloves to prevent picking or playing with a fidget spinner to keep your hands busy. Laura Dorwart, SELF, "How K Beauty Helps Me Manage My Skin-Picking Disorder," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From wringing her cheese wrappers to waving her arms to music, Kate Duffy always finds a way to satisfy her urge to fidget. Linda Velasquez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kate: Teen turns to writing to cope with anxiety," 27 June 2019 But Lynch just fidgets with the microphone and smiles serenely. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Profound Silence of Marshawn Lynch," 14 June 2019 In one video, a staffer is seen sitting at a conference room table, fidgeting with her hair, while another drags a child into the room. Astrid Galvan, The Seattle Times, "Workers seen dragging immigrant kids won’t be charged," 29 Mar. 2019 Here, from left, some popular toys through the years: the Atari 2600, the Tamagotchi digital pet, Webkinz and fidget spinners. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Toy Sorry: Why the Holiday Season May Give Hasbro, Mattel a Lump of Coal," 7 Dec. 2018 When Ada’s fingers fidgeted too much, a housemaid attempted to bag the little girl’s hands in black cotton. Abigail Deutsch, WSJ, "‘In Byron’s Wake’ Review: Lout and Ladies," 13 Dec. 2018 Vendors barked out pitches for Pikachu plushies, fidget spinners with strobing lobes, and Cosplay anime onesies for adults. Taras Grescoe, New York Times, "The Best Asian Food in North America? Try British Columbia," 4 June 2018 Like other trends of recent years — fidget spinners, hoverboards — the flip-sequin trend will soon fizzle out, giving way to some new iteration of plastic. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018 There are weights, an LED marble wall, fidget toys, iPad stations, fiber optic light ropes, trampolines, bubble tubes, bubble walls, bean bags, touch walls, calming sound monitors and a storytelling tree. Erin Gabriel, CNN, "NBA makes space for fans with autism spectrum disorder," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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