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 whisperMore 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.
- 1.1Be impatient or uneasy: [with infinitive]: he was fidgeting to get back to his shopMore 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.
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- 1A person who fidgets.More 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.
- 1.1 (usually fidgets) A state of mental or physical restlessness or unease: Captain Osborne had the fidgetsMore 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.
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- 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'.