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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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Examples from the Web for fidgeted
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  • He fidgeted, wriggled; thrust his head first from one window, then from the other.

    Once Aboard The Lugger Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
  • He seemed to be embarrassed, too—he fidgeted and tossed twigs and pebbles into the river.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Aunt Judy fidgeted from the kitchen to the house, and from the house to the kitchen, in mortal fear for the credit of her supper.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • She fidgeted toward the door with a glance over her shoulder.

  • He fidgeted, and at last longed childishly to see them wink.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • Ferrers fidgeted until he could endure the silence no longer.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • Miss Bruce fidgeted with the fire-irons, dropped them, and apologized.

    The War-Workers E.M. Delafield
  • This woman knew how to stir them, and there was an expressive murmur, while some fidgeted.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • Lilienfeld, red as a lobster with rage, fidgeted on his seat.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
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).


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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