[ 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 fidg·et·er. 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


fidg·et·ing·ly, adverbun·fidg·et·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for fidget

/ (ˈfɪdʒɪt) /


(intr) to move about restlessly
(intr often foll by with) to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddlehe fidgeted with his pen
(tr) to cause to fidget
(tr) to cause to worry; make uneasy


(often plural) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motionhe's got the fidgets
a person who fidgets

Derived forms of fidget

fidgetingly, adverbfidgety, adjective

Word Origin for fidget

C17: from earlier fidge, probably from Old Norse fīkjast to desire eagerly
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