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 At DreamMore, the staff scrambled to distract the adults with no backup plans and the fidgety children whose parents had packed swim trunks but not snowsuits. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 The man was very fidgety and could not stop moving around. cleveland, 1 May 2022 But kids with Down syndrome also have sensory issues or feel fidgety, and many are unable to wear the mask for those or other reasons. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 The temptation is to toss one's fidgety hands in the air and mutter that these debts belong not to us individual Americans but to a faceless federal government. Chicago Tribune Editorial Board July 20, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 Certainly not young folks, which explains why a paltry 7 percent of fidgety youth bother tuning in at all, putting it in line with rodeo viewership. Ari David Blaff, National Review, 11 July 2021 With his shoulder over a barrier, Leung stood on a stool and held an umbrella with one hand as his fidgety pianist fingers tapped on the barrier. CNN, 17 June 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of fidgety

circa 1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fidgety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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