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verb (used without object)
  1. to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.

  2. to play with something in a restless or nervous way; fiddle: The boy kept fidgeting with the toy instead of paying attention.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to fidget; make uneasy: He was fidgeted by a hunch that the girl was going to cause trouble.

  1. Often fidg·ets. the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient.

  2. Also fidg·et·er. a person who fidgets.

Origin of fidget

First recorded in 1665–75; compare dialectal fidge “to fidget,” akin to the synonymous expressive words fitch, fig, fike; compare Old Norse fīkjast “to be eager,” Old Swedish fīkja “to be restless”

Other words from fidget

  • fidg·et·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·fidg·et·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fidget in a sentence

  • He fidgets in his chair, and seems anxious to end the interview.

    The Diamond Coterie | Lawrence L. Lynch
  • If he fidgets, you will find a long day on his back most fatiguing, and should he be a kicker your enjoyment will be marred.

  • She set about getting ready with a vim and attention to detail that proved that her "fidgets" had not affected her common-sense.

    Cap'n Eri | Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • As long as he is within call she is quiet and contented, and in his absence she fidgets.

    The House Opposite | Elizabeth Kent
  • I thought you were never coming, and Helmdon had the fidgets.'

    Lippa | Beatrice Egerton

British Dictionary definitions for fidget


/ (ˈfɪdʒɪt) /

  1. (intr) to move about restlessly

  2. (intr often foll by with) to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddle: he fidgeted with his pen

  1. (tr) to cause to fidget

  2. (tr) to cause to worry; make uneasy

  1. (often plural) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motion: he's got the fidgets

  2. a person who fidgets

Origin of fidget

C17: from earlier fidge, probably from Old Norse fīkjast to desire eagerly

Derived forms of fidget

  • fidgetingly, adverb
  • fidgety, adjective

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