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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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  • 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

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 fidgeted

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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