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[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, fidgeter. 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
Related forms
fidgetingly, adverb
unfidgeting, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fidget
  • 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.
  • Imaginative people fidget with ideas, including the idea of a relationship.
  • They fidget and check the time, trying as best they can to hide their desire to be the first inside.
  • The hair pulling has since stopped, but she continues to fidget with her brown locks.
  • And children sometimes fidget at concerts because they really are involved with the music.
  • It was becoming a fidget with him: to keep both hands on the gun while he rolled his left wrist inward till the watch showed.
  • Whenever he noticed me looking at him he would fidget or check his watch.
British Dictionary definitions for fidget


(intransitive) to move about restlessly
(intransitive) often foll by with. to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddle: he fidgeted with his pen
(transitive) to cause to fidget
(transitive) to cause to worry; make uneasy
(often pl) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motion: he's got the fidgets
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 fidget

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).


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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