fidg·​ety | \ ˈfi-jə-tē How to pronounce fidgety (audio) \

Definition of fidgety

1 : inclined to fidget
2 : making unnecessary fuss : fussy

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fidgetiness noun

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Examples of fidgety in a Sentence

He grew more fidgety with each passing hour. I get too fidgety to sit after a few minutes in a waiting room.
Recent Examples on the Web The Puma cruises happily at rapid highway speeds, but the combination of road noise and a fidgety ride makes longer journeys wearing. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 May 2021 On one recent day, at a Juárez migrant shelter, two Honduran women fed their fidgety toddlers. Dallas News, 16 Apr. 2021 With the clocks moved forward an hour and daylight stretching past 12 hours, the annual phenomenon has arrived in full, fidgety force., 22 Mar. 2021 But more than anything, where Wentz looked fidgety and hesitant in the pocket, Hurts looked comfortable and poised. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 15 Dec. 2020 Originally designed by an 8-year-old who has dyslexia, The Mug With A Hoop is great for fidgety kids. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2020 The officer said the driver appeared nervous and fidgety. John Benson, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2020 For example, if your student is fidgety, stack books to make their workplace a standing desk, or give them a ball of Play-Doh to kneed out of sight. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2020 To space out fidgety kindergarteners, Kylie Schipper is eschewing group desks, which would place students in close quarters in little pods of six. Lacey Russell, Madeleine Stix, CNN, 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of fidgety

circa 1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fidgety was circa 1736

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17 May 2021

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“Fidgety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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fidg·​ety | \ ˈfi-jə-tē How to pronounce fidgety (audio) \

Kids Definition of fidgety

: nervous and restless


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