AskDefine | Define fidget

Dictionary Definition

fidget n : a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion; "he's got the fidgets"; "waiting gave him a feeling of restlessness" [syn: fidgetiness, restlessness] v : move restlessly; "The child is always fidgeting in his seat"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to wiggle or twitch; to move around nervously or idly



  1. A person who fidgets, especially habitually.

Extensive Definition

Fidget house is a style of house music that incorporates other dance music styles including rave, breakbeat and UK garage.


It has a 4/4 beat and a cut-up, glitch style which contrasts other dance genres such as progressive house and trance. The way in which it differs from other house music styles is that it usually discards the solo drum beat introduction, thus encouraging a more cut-up rather than blend mixing style amongst DJs. Other common elements of fidget house include vocal sample snippets and a prominent bassline which often bends in pitch, rather than progressing by the semitone.
With it's emphasis on rhythm and bassline rather than harmony and melody, fidget house roots lie in early Chicago house. The synth 'stabs' and 'pitched-up' vocal snippets that commonly feature in fidget tracks are reminiscent of the rave and UK garage genres.


The term fidget house was coined by DJ/producers Jesse Rose and Switch, apparently as a joke. It had come to generally signify this cut-up style of house music.
Examples of labels that put out such records include Dubsided and Counterfeet. Exponents of the genre include Jesse Rose, Switch, Trevor Loveys, Hostage, DJ Fame, Sinden, Hervé, Duke Dumont, Mowgli, Byran Cox, Foamo, Fake Blood, Supabeatz, Crookers, Stereo Heroes, Lee Mortimer, Stupid Fresh, Gaëtan, Pette Vaydex, The Bulgarian, 3 Is A Crowd, Lars Moston and Ziggy Slezak.
Fidget is also referred to as Wonk due to its wonky basslines.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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