Definition of fidget in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪdʒɪt/

verb (fidgets, fidgeting, fidgeted)

[no object]
1Make small movements, especially of the hands and feet, through nervousness or impatience: the audience began to fidget and whisper
More example sentences
  • Nate fidgeted, shuffling his feet and rolling his shoulders inside the itchy shirt.
  • He fought not to fidget or shuffle his feet at the awkward silence that lay between them after their shared poem.
  • They were barely fifteen feet away, and the terrorists had begun to fidget nervously.
move restlessly, wriggle, squirm, twitch, jiggle, writhe, twist, shuffle, be jittery, be anxious, be agitated;
play, fuss, toy, twiddle, fool about/around, trifle
informal fiddle, mess about/around, have ants in one's pants
1.1Be impatient or uneasy: [with infinitive]: he was fidgeting to get back to his shop
More example sentences
  • No sooner do they arrive at their destination than he is already fidgeting to get back to work.
  • If you're fidgeting to do something, take a walk or watch Oprah.


1A person who fidgets.
Example sentences
  • He was also a bit of a fidget, I'd observed him earlier in the day spending a good 30 minutes clearing the surrounding area of bits of tree, weed and bottles washed in by the tide.
  • I remember from the old days, when a weekly trip to the cinema was a vital part of life, that a fidget spoils the show for everybody.
restless person, bundle of nerves
informal cat on hot bricks, cat on a hot tin roof
1.1 (usually fidgets) A state of mental or physical restlessness or unease: Captain Osborne had the fidgets
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  • But what about mild depression, the kind of sadness that puts you in a fidget, makes you lose sleep, dulls your appetite and your wit, and saps your energy?
  • For the rest of the period, Nicole had the fidgets.
  • This summer, for those road trips where I-spy and license-plate bingo are no longer enough, you might want to consider another way to fight the fidgets.
restlessness, nervousness, fidgetiness, unease, uneasiness
informal the jitters, twitchiness



Example sentences
  • The team indicated fidgeters burn off the calories, while couch potatoes can pile on the pounds.
  • And in case, you haven't figured out already - Jon isn't much of a fidgeter.
  • He's a compulsive fidgeter, so any sort of ring, bracelet, etc. runs the risk of getting lost when he starts playing with it.


Late 17th century: from obsolete or dialect fidge 'to twitch'; perhaps related to Old Norse fikja 'move briskly, be restless or eager'.

  • The word fidget is from obsolete fidge ‘to twitch’; it may be related to Old Norse fikja ‘move briskly, be restless, or eager’.

Words that rhyme with fidget

Bridget, digit, widget
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