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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fidg•et /ˈfɪdʒɪt/USA pronunciation  v. [no object]
  • to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently:fidgeting anxiously before being interviewed.

  • n. [countable]
    1. Often,fidgets. [plural] the condition or an instance of being nervously restless:gets the fidgets during long meetings.
    fidg•et•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est. 

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
    fidg•et  (fijit), 
    v.i. 
    1. to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.

    v.t. 
    1. to cause to fidget;
      make uneasy.

    n. 
    1. Often,fidgets. the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient.
    2. Also,fidget•er. a person who fidgets.
    Etymology:1665–75;
    compare dialect, dialectal 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
    fidget•ing•ly, adv. 


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    fidget /ˈfɪdʒɪt/ vb
    1. (intransitive) to move about restlessly
    2. (intransitive) often followed by with: to make restless or uneasy movements (with something); fiddle
    3. (transitive) to cause to fidget
    n
    1. (often plural) a state of restlessness or unease, esp as expressed in continual motion: he's got the fidgets
    2. a person who fidgets
    Etymology: 17th Century: from earlier fidge, probably from Old Norse fīkjast to desire eagerly

    ˈfidgety adj



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