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fantod

[fan-tod] /ˈfæn tɒd/
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
1835-1840
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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  • "It's my notion I'm going to have the fantods," explained Junius.

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

British Dictionary definitions for fantods

fantod

/ˈfæntəd/
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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