fidg·​ety ˈfi-jə-tē How to pronounce fidgety (audio)
: inclined to fidget
: making unnecessary fuss : fussy
fidgetiness noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fidgety was circa 1736

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“Fidgety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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