Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To behave or move nervously or restlessly.
  • intransitive v. To play or fuss; fiddle: He fidgeted with his notes while lecturing.
  • transitive v. To cause to behave or move nervously or restlessly.
  • n. A condition of restlessness as manifested by nervous movements. Often used in the plural with the.
  • n. One that fidgets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to wiggle or twitch; to move around nervously or idly
  • n. A person who fidgets, especially habitually.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Uneasiness; restlessness.
  • n. A general nervous restlessness, manifested by incessant changes of position; dysphoria.
  • intransitive v. To move uneasily one way and the other; to move irregularly, or by fits and starts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move uneasily one way and the other; move irregularly, or in fits and starts; be restless or uneasy; show impatience or uneasiness by restless movements.
  • To make restless, nervous, or fidgety.
  • n. The expression of uneasiness, restlessness, impatience, etc., by irregular spasmodic movements and changes of physical expression; the condition of feeling thus expressed: commonly in the plural: as, to be in a fidget or the fidgets; to have the fidgets.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion
  • v. move restlessly

Etymologies

From obsolete and dialectal fidge, to move restlessly, perhaps from Middle English fiken, of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • SANJAY GUPTA, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: I could be called the fidget diet.

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  • One simply doesn't walk around with a firearm in public and "fidget" with it.

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  • But when you are sitting in class or a meeting with pencil and paper in hand, doodling just seems to be the most natural way to "fidget".

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  • Fidget aprons are great for dementia or Alzheimer's patients, or even people who have had strokes who like to "fidget".

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  • I fidget impatiently as she laces me into a matching boned bodice and attaches the separate sleeves.

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  • The prevailing opinion seems to be that NEAT is biologically determinedā€”i.e., some people are born to fidget.

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  • During my morning classes, I had to fidget and squirm a great deal to find comfortable, less painful positions.

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  • I'm happy to see this word has nominal forms.

    November 10, 2010

  • "Zounds! how she fidgets and spits about like a Catherine wheel."
    Goldsmith, She Stoops, III

    January 11, 2007