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[fij-i-tee] /ˈfɪdʒ ɪ ti/
restless; impatient; uneasy.
nervously and excessively fussy.
Origin of fidgety
fidget + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mrs. Hickox was a nervous, fidgety woman, and waved her hands about in a continuous flutter.

    The Dorrance Domain Carolyn Wells
  • "You mean that she isn't in the least fidgety," replied the doctor.

  • Fagerolles, despite his colleagues' fidgety nerves, carried the day on a first occasion.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • He sat there and stared at her until she grew red and fidgety.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • I have tried; but she's a fidgety sitter, and always looks like an incarnation of despair.

    The Black Cat John Todhunter
  • She's only fidgety; if I can hold her when they throw off, I 'll have no trouble afterwards.

  • Louisa, with head bent and fingers somewhat restless and fidgety, waited to hear what Luke would say.

    The Heart of a Woman Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • That was no wonder; for, in this fidgety world, Lily Prior was a treasure.

Word Origin and History for fidgety

1730s, from fidget (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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