- 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 Words for fidgetedfret, squirm, twiddle, jiggle, twitch, chafe, trifle, play, fuss, toss, hitch, jump, wiggle, fiddle, bustle, stir, worry, jitter, joggle
Examples from the Web for fidgeted
Contemporary Examples of fidgeted
The distinction caused Holloway distress and she fidgeted and sniffled through the remainder of her testimony.Casey’s Defense Fizzles
July 1, 2011
Historical Examples of fidgeted
In spite of being told not to do so, she bewailed her condition, and fidgeted about in her bed.L'Assommoir
He fidgeted with his watch chain, colored and was evidently uneasy.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
He stepped back, coughed, fidgeted with the latch, and then began to apologize.
He fidgeted, hesitated, and then hurried forth a labored apology.
I fidgeted on the edge of my chair in an agony of mortified embarrassment.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (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 for fidget
1670s (implied in fidgetting); see fidget (n.). Related: Fidgeted.
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).