v. fidg·et·ed, fidg·et·ing, fidg·ets
1. To behave or move nervously or restlessly.
2. To play or fuss; fiddle: He fidgeted with his notes while lecturing.
To cause to behave or move nervously or restlessly.
1. fidgets A condition of restlessness as manifested by nervous movements. Often used with the: a bored child who had the fidgets.
2. One that fidgets.
[From obsolete and dialectal fidge, to move restlessly, perhaps from Middle English fiken, of Scandinavian origin.]
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