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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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  • After fidgeting a moment he added, "Well, I cal'late I'll have to be goin' now."

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was half-past seven when he returned and found Azuba fidgeting in the dining-room.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And whichever they say I shall keep on fidgeting until I see what happens after that.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She had set down the knitting, and was fidgeting, first with her cap and then her apron.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Archie had been fidgeting in his chair––hardly able to command his politeness.

    Billy Topsail & Company

    Norman Duncan
  • Leofwin, who had been fidgeting around for an opening, now burst forth.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • He sat for a moment biting his nails nervously and fidgeting in his chair.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • The anxious chairman was fidgeting in an agony of apprehension.

    The Convert

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British Dictionary definitions for fidgeting

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 fidgeting

fidget

v.

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

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