- to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.
- to cause to fidget; make uneasy.
- Often fidgets. the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient.
- Also fidg·et·er. a person who fidgets.
Origin of fidget
Related Wordsfret, squirm, twiddle, jiggle, twitch, chafe, trifle, play, fuss, toss, hitch, jump, wiggle, fiddle, bustle, stir, worry, jitter, joggle
Examples from the Web for fidget
They fidget constantly and can rarely sleep, sometimes going a month or more on two to three hours of sleep a night.James Holmes Suggested He Suffered From ‘Dysphoric Mania’ Weeks Before Attack
August 28, 2012
She was looking about her on all sides, in a fidget of annoyance, searching for him, and to his dismay she saw him.Alice Adams
Henry did not encourage romance, and she was no girl to fidget for it.Howards End
E. M. Forster
There was no impatience or desire to fidget left in Jabe Smith now.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
It was hard to wait, hard not to fidget under the watchful—the only word—eyes of the GG.Question of Comfort
Mr Neeld was in a fidget, a fidget of importance and expectancy.Tristram of Blent
- (intr) to move about restlessly
- (intr often foll by with) to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddlehe fidgeted with his pen
- (tr) to cause to fidget
- (tr) to cause to worry; make uneasy
- (often plural) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motionhe's got the fidgets
- a person who fidgets
Word Origin and History for fidget
1670s, as the fidget "uneasiness," later the fidgets, from a 16c. verb fidge "move restlessly," perhaps from Middle English fiken "to fidget, hasten," from Old Norse fikjask "to desire eagerly" (cf. German ficken "to move about briskly;" see fuck).
1670s (implied in fidgetting); see fidget (n.). Related: Fidgeted.