verb (used without object)

  1. to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cause to fidget; make uneasy.


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


  1. (intr) to move about restlessly
  2. (intr often foll by with) to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddlehe fidgeted with his pen
  3. (tr) to cause to fidget
  4. (tr) to cause to worry; make uneasy


  1. (often plural) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motionhe’s got the fidgets
  2. a person who fidgets

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.

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