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fidget

[fij-it] /ˈfɪdʒ ɪt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cause to fidget; make uneasy.
noun
3.
Often, fidgets. the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient.
4.
Also, fidgeter. a person who fidgets.
Origin of fidget
1665-1675
1665-75; compare dial. fidge to fidget, akin to the synonymous expressive words fitch, fig, fike; compare Old Norse fīkjast to be eager, Old Swedish fīkja to be restless
Related forms
fidgetingly, adverb
unfidgeting, adjective
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  • One evening Marie, who was sitting by her mother's side, began to fidget and complain of an uneasy sensation in her back.

  • The bird looked at his dismal face and began to fidget awkwardly.

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • But he began to fidget—which was a sign that he was worried.

    The Tale of Grumpy Weasel Arthur Scott Bailey
  • She ceased to fidget with the furniture, and came to the mantelpiece by which I was standing.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • Even the quietest of them began to fidget and strain at their head-ropes the moment they scented the water.

  • He began to fidget, and finally bent down and looked under the table.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • We shall be all right, Stan,” said Uncle Jeff heartily; “it is we who will have to fidget about you.

    Stan Lynn George Manville Fenn
  • "Well, I'll go and fidget up stairs with Graham," said he; and so he left the room.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Cotherstone began to fidget with some account books and papers that he had brought from his house.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
British Dictionary definitions for fidget

fidget

/ˈfɪdʒɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to move about restlessly
2.
(intransitive) often foll by with. to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddle: he fidgeted with his pen
3.
(transitive) to cause to fidget
4.
(transitive) to cause to worry; make uneasy
noun
5.
(often pl) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motion: he's got the fidgets
6.
a person who fidgets
Derived Forms
fidgetingly, adverb
fidgety, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from earlier fidge, probably from Old Norse fīkjast to desire eagerly
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Word Origin and History for fidget
n.

1670s, as the fidget "uneasiness," later the fidgets, from a 16c. verb fidge "move restlessly," perhaps from Middle English fiken "to fidget, hasten," from Old Norse fikjask "to desire eagerly" (cf. German ficken "to move about briskly;" see fuck).

v.

1670s (implied in fidgetting); see fidget (n.). Related: Fidgeted.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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