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[fij-it] /ˈfɪdʒ ɪt/
verb (used without object)
to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.
verb (used with object)
to cause to fidget; make uneasy.
Often, fidgets. the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient.
Also, fidgeter. a person who fidgets.
Origin of fidget
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 Unabridged
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  • In spite of being told not to do so, she bewailed her condition, and fidgeted about in her bed.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • He fidgeted with his watch chain, colored and was evidently uneasy.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He stepped back, coughed, fidgeted with the latch, and then began to apologize.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He fidgeted, hesitated, and then hurried forth a labored apology.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I fidgeted on the edge of my chair in an agony of mortified embarrassment.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There was an awkward silence, and then he fidgeted with his hat and moved.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Racing was where he lived, as you might say, and he fidgeted like he was setting on a pin-cushion.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Mr. Hazeltine colored also and fidgeted with the book on the table.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Together and with whisperings, they fidgeted with the refractory catch.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for fidgeted


(intransitive) to move about restlessly
(intransitive) often foll by with. to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddle: he fidgeted with his pen
(transitive) to cause to fidget
(transitive) to cause to worry; make uneasy
(often pl) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motion: he's got the fidgets
a person who fidgets
Derived Forms
fidgetingly, adverb
fidgety, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from earlier fidge, probably from Old Norse fīkjast to desire eagerly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fidgeted



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



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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