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fidge

Overview

This page has two definitions of fidge in English. Fidge is a verb and noun. Also define these 5 related words and terms: fidget, jostle, shake, fiddle, and agitation.

English

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Etymology

Probably an assibilated form of Middle English fiken (to jitter; move restlessly; hustle; flinch; hasten away), perhaps related to Old English befician (to deceive) or from Old Norse fika (to climb up nimbly, as a spider), akin to Norwegian fika (to strive after), Swedish fika (to strive for; hurry). See also fike.

Pronunciation

Verb

fidge (third-person singular simple present fidges, present participle fidging, simple past and past participle fidged)

  1. (obsolete, dialectal, Scotland) To fidget; jostle or shake.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      "Look, Jim, how my fingers fidges," he continued in the pleading tone. "I can't keep 'em still, not I. I haven't had a drop this blessed day. That doctor's a fool, I tell you. If I don't have a dram o' rum, Jim, I'll have the horrors..."
    • Jostle definition
      To bump into or brush against while in motion; to push aside. (1 of 5 jostle definitions)
    • Shake definition
      To cause (something) to move rapidly in opposite directions alternatingly. (1 of 11 shake definitions)

Noun

fidge (plural fidges)

  1. (obsolete, dialectal, Scotland) A shake; fiddle or similar agitation.

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