[ fan-tod ]
/ ˈfæn tɒd /


Usually fantods. a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets (usually preceded by the): We all developed the fantods when the plane was late in arriving.
Sometimes fantods. a sudden outpouring of anger, outrage, or a similar intense emotion.

Nearby words

  1. fantasy,
  2. fantasyland,
  3. fanti,
  4. fantin-latour,
  5. fantoccini,
  6. fantods,
  7. fantom,
  8. fantoosh,
  9. fanum fortunae,
  10. fanweed

Origin of fantod

1835–40; apparently fant(igue) (earlier fantique, perhaps blend of fantasy and frantic; -igue probably by association with fatigue) + -od(s), of obscure origin; see -s3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fantods

  • "It's my notion I'm going to have the fantods," explained Junius.

  • The realization of this threw Chadron into a state which he described to himself as the “fantods.”

British Dictionary definitions for fantods


/ (ˈfæntəd) /


crotchety or faddish behaviour
(pl) a state of restlessness or unease

Word Origin for fantod

C19: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for fantods



1839, jocular formation, perhaps based on fantasy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper