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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.]


1. (of a person) moving about restlessly
2. (of a person) fiddling with something
References in classic literature ?
When he had nothing to do for the moment, he would stand round fidgeting, dancing, with the overflow of energy that was in him.
Marks, who was anxiously and with much fidgeting compounding a tumbler of punch to his own peculiar taste, occasionally looked up from his employment, and, poking his sharp nose and chin almost into Haley's face, gave the most earnest heed to the whole narrative.
I fidgeted up and down the raft, abusing myself to myself, and Jim was fidgeting up and down past me.
Elton fidgeting behind her and watching every touch.
It's a good opportunity, now that master is away,' I answered aloud: 'he hates me to be fidgeting over these things in his presence.
He very much preferred the camp life, and hated those broad, flat roads, with the daily grubbing for grass in the forage reserve, and the long hours when there was nothing to do except to watch Kala Nag fidgeting in his pickets.
Well," cried the youth, still fidgeting, "I'd rather do anything 'most than go tramping 'round the country all day doing no good to nobody and jest tiring ourselves out.
The rest of the silent hours are filled with eating and fidgeting, and long grumbling soliloquies.
They saw little of the horizon save when she topped a swell; and usually she was elbowing, fidgeting, and coaxing her steadfast way through grey, grey-blue, or black hollows laced across and across with streaks of shivering foam; or rubbing herself caressingly along the flank of some bigger water-hill.
Here the witch thrust her wrinkled face close to the puppet's, chuckling irrepressibly, and fidgeting all through her system, with delight at the idea which she meant to communicate.
Stop fidgeting and take your hands out of your pockets.
Epanchin, gazing vaguely at her husband as he stood fidgeting before her.