fidget

[ fij-it ]
/ ˈfɪdʒ ɪt /
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verb (used without object)

to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.

verb (used with object)

to cause to fidget; make uneasy.

noun

Often fidgets. the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient.
Also fidg·et·er. a person who fidgets.

Nearby words

  1. fidelio,
  2. fidelism,
  3. fidelista,
  4. fidelity,
  5. fidge,
  6. fidgety,
  7. fido,
  8. fiducial,
  9. fiduciary,
  10. fiduciary bond

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 formsfidg·et·ing·ly, adverbun·fidg·et·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fidgeted

fidget

/ (ˈfɪdʒɪt) /

verb

(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

noun

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

Word Origin for fidget

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

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Word Origin and History for fidgeted
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