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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Other Words from fidgety

fidgetiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fidgety


antsy, squirmy, twitchy, wiggly, wriggly


motionless, still

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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.

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The long-eared taxis have patience to spare, even with fidgety youngsters. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly Grand Canyon: Here are the 6 best activities for families at the South Rim," 26 June 2019 Most snowshoes rely on fidgety straps and buckles, but Tubbs Flex VRT attach to your boots with a ratchet-style BOA closure that’s easy to adjust even with thick gloves. Clint Carter, WSJ, "Never Camped in the Snow? You’re Missing Out.," 11 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, her aides, sitting in a vehicle on the Sky Harbor tarmac became fidgety, the report says. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Chatty ex-president, wary AG: Report details Sky Harbor meeting between Clinton and Lynch," 14 June 2018 The lines filled with fidgety children waiting to take a photo with the Easter Bunny were temporarily eliminated in favor of appointments. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "A calm Easter Bunny experience for special needs kids," 22 Mar. 2018 Or, says Roberts, to finally get a good look at the brain activity of his often fidgety patients. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "This wearable brain scanner could transform our understanding of how neurons ‘talk’," 21 Mar. 2018 At Zhuang’s service, there were perhaps two dozen parishioners: elderly farmers, two teenage girls and one fidgety altar boy who arrived, then zoomed away, on a muddy motorbike. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "A Catholic bishop and his rural Chinese parish worry about a deal between Beijing and the Vatican," 11 Mar. 2018 The total lack of spontaneity was making me fidgety. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Vanishing As a Way to Reclaim Your Life," 9 Feb. 2018 And to think: all this because Bledsoe ... got fidgety in the waiting area of a not-at-all-imaginary hair salon. Rob Mahoney,, "Free From the Suns and the Salon, Eric Bledsoe Is Thriving," 12 Dec. 2017

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

Kids Definition of fidgety

: nervous and restless

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