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.
- Rhymes: -ɪdʒ
- (obsolete, dialectal, Scotland) To fidget; jostle or shake.
fidge (plural fidges)