fidget

To fidget is to make little movements with your hands and feet. Even if you're nervous during your job interview, try not to fidget.

The word fidget is related to the Old Norse fikja, meaning "move briskly, be restless or eager." If you are feeling impatient or anxious you might fidget in your seat or fidget with a pen in your hands. A person who fidgets a lot can be referred to as a fidget and so can that quick anxious movement itself.

Definitions of fidget
  1. verb
    move restlessly
    “The child is always fidgeting in his seat”
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. noun
    a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion
    “he's got the fidgets
    synonyms: fidgetiness, restlessness
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    types:
    impatience
    a restless desire for change and excitement
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    agitation
    the feeling of being agitated; not calm
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