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 fidg·et·er. a person who fidgets.
- (intr) to move about restlessly
- (intr often foll by with) to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddlehe fidgeted with his pen
- (tr) to cause to fidget
- (tr) to cause to worry; make uneasy
- (often plural) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motionhe’s got the fidgets
- 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.