fidget

[fij-it]
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:
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

fidgetingly, adverb
unfidgeting, adjective
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fidget (ˈfɪdʒɪt)
 
vb (often foll by with)
1.  (intr) to move about restlessly
2.  to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddle: he fidgeted with his pen
3.  (tr) to cause to fidget
4.  (tr) to cause to worry; make uneasy
 
n
5.  (often plural) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motion: he's got the fidgets
6.  a person who fidgets
 
[C17: from earlier fidge, probably from Old Norse fīkjast to desire eagerly]
 
'fidgetingly
 
adv
 
'fidgety
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

fidget
1670s, as the fidget "uneasiness," later the fidgets, from a 16c. verb fidge "move restlessly," from M.E. fiken "to fidget, hasten," from O.N. fikjask "to desire eagerly" (cf. Ger. ficken "to move about briskly;" see fuck). The verb fidget is first attested 1670s (implied in
fidgetting). Related: Fidgeted.
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Example sentences
Senses wandering, the sick would chatter and fidget restlessly, plucking at
  their bedclothes.
If you're not meeting them, then by all means, fidget.
They can help you learn not to fidget and explain that you need to floss before
  going on camera.
Teals and shovelers fidget in their showiest plumage.
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