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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 ?
I fidgeted up and down the raft, abusing myself to myself, and Jim was fidgeting up and down past me.
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.
I hate you to be fidgeting in MY presence,' exclaimed the young lady imperiously, not allowing her guest time to speak: she had failed to recover her equanimity since the little dispute with Heathcliff.
marry--If you don't leave off fidgeting with the bottle, Mr.
Give us another bottle," Stepan Arkadyevitch directed the Tatar, who was filling up their glasses and fidgeting round them just when he was not wanted.
The rest of the silent hours are filled with eating and fidgeting, and long grumbling soliloquies.
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These toys have not been confirmed as to their effectiveness to help children improve their focus, but to date there have been no controlled studies to conclusively link fidgeting with less anxiety or increased concentration.
And with ADHD, they are always fidgeting with anything you give them.
One thing people often report is that fidgeting with an object in the hand helps them to stay focused when doing a long task or sitting still and attentive in a long meeting.
It has been advertised as helping people who have trouble focusing or fidgeting His dad, who runs his own IT firm, encouraged his son to make some money for himself to stop some of the pestering.
She said the boys find it easier to stop fidgeting after using the plastic toys.