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fantod

[fan-tod]
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noun
  1. Usually fantods. a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets (usually preceded by the): We all developed the fantods when the plane was late in arriving.
  2. Sometimes fantods. a sudden outpouring of anger, outrage, or a similar intense emotion.

Origin of fantod

1835–40; apparently fant(igue) (earlier fantique, perhaps blend of fantasy and frantic; -igue probably by association with fatigue) + -od(s), of obscure origin; see -s3
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Examples from the Web for fantods

Historical Examples

  • "It's my notion I'm going to have the fantods," explained Junius.

    Where the Pavement Ends

    John Russell

  • The realization of this threw Chadron into a state which he described to himself as the “fantods.”


British Dictionary definitions for fantods

fantod

noun
  1. crotchety or faddish behaviour
  2. (pl) a state of restlessness or unease

Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for fantods

n.

1839, jocular formation, perhaps based on fantasy.

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