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fidget

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪdʒɪt
 
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Definition of fidget in English:

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.
Synonyms
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.

noun

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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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
restlessness, nervousness, fidgetiness, unease, uneasiness
informal the jitters, twitchiness

Origin

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

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

Derivatives

fidgeter

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noun
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.

Words that rhyme with fidget

Bridget, digit, midget, widget

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