Verb fidget Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


fidget (third-person singular simple present fidgets, present participle fidgeting or fidgetting, simple past and past participle fidgeted or fidgetted)

  1. (intransitive) To wiggle or twitch; to move around nervously or idly.
  2. (transitive) To cause to fidget; to make uneasy.

More definition: move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently. cause to fidget; make uneasy.

3.Often, fidgets. the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient.

4.Also, fidgeter. a person who fidgets.

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 Formsfidgetingly, adverbfidgety, adjective Word OriginC17, from earlier fidge, probably from Old Norse fīkjast to desire eagerlyCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


Holberg took no rest, and before the end of 1723 the comedies of Barselstuen (The Lying-in Room), The Eleventh of July, Jakob von Thyboe, Den Bundeslose (The Fidget), Erasmus Montanus, Don Ranudo, Ulysses of Ithaca, Without Head or Tail, Witchcraft and Melampe had all been written, and some of them acted.

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