to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.
to play with something in a restless or nervous way; fiddle: The boy kept fidgeting with the toy instead of paying attention.
to cause to fidget; make uneasy: He was fidgeted by a hunch that the girl was going to cause trouble.
Often fidg·ets. the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient.
Also fidg·et·er. a person who fidgets.
- fidg·et·ing·ly, adverb
- un·fidg·et·ing, adjective
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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.The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2 | Various
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
(intr) to move about restlessly
(intr often foll by with) to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddle: he 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 motion: he's got the fidgets
a person who fidgets
- fidgetingly, adverb
- fidgety, adjective
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