fidget

fidget
fid|get1 [ˈfıdʒıt] v
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: fidge [i]'to move uncontrollably' (16-19 centuries)]
to keep moving your hands or feet, especially because you are bored or nervous
The kids had started to fidget.
fidget with
Stop fidgeting with your pens!
fidget 2
fidget2 n informal
someone who is unable to sit or stand still

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  • fidget — (n.) 1670s, as the fidget uneasiness, later the fidgets, from a 16c. verb fidge move restlessly, perhaps from M.E. fiken to fidget, hasten, from O.N. fikjask to desire eagerly (Cf. Ger. ficken to move about briskly; see FUCK (Cf. fuck)). The verb …   Etymology dictionary

  • fidget — [fij′it] n. [< obs. fidge, to fidget < ME fichen < ? or akin to ON fìkja, to fidget] 1. the state of being restless, nervous, or uneasy 2. a fidgety person vi. to move about in a restless, nervous, or uneasy way vt. to make restless or… …   English World dictionary

  • Fidget — Fidg et, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fidgeted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fodgeting}.] [From {Fidge}; cf. OE. fiken to fidget, to flatter, Icel. fika to hasten, Sw. fika to hunt after, AS. befician to deceive. Cf. {Fickle}.] To move uneasily one way and the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fidget — Fidg et, n. 1. Uneasiness; restlessness. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. A general nervous restlessness, manifested by incessant changes of position; dysphoria. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fidget — as a verb has inflections fidgeted, fidgeting …   Modern English usage

  • fidget — [v] move restlessly be antsy*, be hyper*, be nervous, be on pins and needles*, be spooked*, be wired*, bustle, chafe, fiddle, fret, fuss, hitch, jiggle, jitter, joggle, jump, play, squirm, stir, toss, trifle, twiddle, twitch, wiggle, worry;… …   New thesaurus

  • fidget — ► VERB (fidgeted, fidgeting) ▪ make small movements through nervousness or impatience. ► NOUN 1) a person who fidgets. 2) (fidgets) mental or physical restlessness. DERIVATIVES fidgety …   English terms dictionary

  • fidget — [[t]fɪ̱ʤɪt[/t]] fidgets, fidgeting, fidgeted 1) VERB If you fidget, you keep moving your hands or feet slightly or changing your position slightly, for example because you are nervous, bored, or excited. Brenda fidgeted in her seat. PHRASAL VERB… …   English dictionary

  • fidget — I UK [ˈfɪdʒɪt] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms fidget : present tense I/you/we/they fidget he/she/it fidgets present participle fidgeting past tense fidgeted past participle fidgeted a) to keep making small quick movements with parts of your… …   English dictionary

  • fidget — fidgetingly, adv. /fij it/, v.i. 1. to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently. v.t. 2. to cause to fidget; make uneasy. n. 3. Often, fidgets. the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient. 4. Also,… …   Universalium

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