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fidget

[fij-it] /ˈfɪdʒ ɪt/
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
1665-1675
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
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Examples from the web for fidgeting
  • His audience: a row of skeptical females fidgeting on an overhanging limb.
  • He appeared on the upper-right corner of the screen, partially cut off from my view, taking no notes and fidgeting in his seat.
  • Academics can discuss ideas for hours without fidgeting.
  • Meanwhile, in the seats behind me, students were fidgeting noisily in their chairs.
  • It's also possible to perform not paying attention: fidgeting, eye rolling, newspaper reading and so forth.
  • It also held when he was sitting, wandering, fidgeting or chatting with his colleagues.
  • For modern life disapproves of clutter, almost as much as it scorns obesity and fidgeting.
  • It is not surprising that voters are fidgeting for change.
  • She could not stop fidgeting with her hands and playing with her pen.
  • The patients habitually sat on the edges of their seats while fidgeting and clawing away.
British Dictionary definitions for fidgeting

fidget

/ˈfɪdʒɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to move about restlessly
2.
(intransitive) often foll by with. to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddle: he fidgeted with his pen
3.
(transitive) to cause to fidget
4.
(transitive) to cause to worry; make uneasy
noun
5.
(often pl) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motion: he's got the fidgets
6.
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 fidgeting

fidget

n.

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).

v.

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

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