Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A state of nervous irritability.
  • n. Nervous movements caused by tension.
  • n. An outburst of emotion; a fit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of worry or nervous anxiety, irritability.
  • n. An irritable outburst.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State of worry or excitement; fidget; fuss; also, indisposition; pet; sulks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fidgets: as, to give one the fantods.

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • (link) That story taught me the word fantod, which I think is one of the best (English) words ever.

    seanan_mcguire: Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

  • Timothy cannot bear anyone to see him affected in any way, it puts him into a perfect fantod.

    On Forsyte 'Change

  • She could not see the tenacious Forsyte spirit working in that thin, tremulous shape against the extravagance of the emotion called up by this outrage on Forsyte principles -- the Forsyte spirit deep in there, saying: 'You mustn't get into a fantod, it'll never do.

    The Forsyte Saga - Complete

  • It's the dreaded Highgollacum fantod from the forest.

    Rolling Stones

  • A later creation, fantad or fantod, formed perhaps on the base of fantastic, appeared in 1867, some twenty-three years before some disheartened victim of Monday fever got the morbs

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VII No 1

  • February 2nd, 2006 at 10: 09 pm mondrian’s neon fantod » It’s About The Wire, People says:

    Think Progress » Samuel Alito’s America

  • September 26th, 2005 at 11: 46 am mondrian’s neon fantod » While We Were Distracted (or, back to politics as usual) says:

    Think Progress » Frist and Torture: What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?

  • “Ask no questions and you’ll be told no lies; don’t get into a fantod, leave it to me!”

    On Forsyte 'Change

  • She could not see the tenacious Forsyte spirit working in that thin, tremulous shape against the extravagance of the emotion called up by this outrage on Forsyte principles — the Forsyte spirit deep in there, saying: ‘You mustn’t get into a fantod, it’ll never do.

    In Chancery

  • “Not too pointedly,” said Soames; “or she’ll get into a fantod.”

    Swan Song

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  • But trail some breadcrumbs after you so we'll see you again.

    October 14, 2009

  • See also howling fantods.

    October 14, 2009

  • "Just thinking about that place now gives me the howling fantods."
    The Magicians by Lev Grossman, p 397

    October 14, 2009

  • David Foster Wallace used the word 15 times* in Infinite Jest, often connecting it to the word "howling", as in "the howling fantods".

    * based on a word search at Amazon.com

    May 15, 2009

  • Any thing which howls (after Wordnet).

    May 12, 2008

  • 1) a state of irritability and tension
    2) an emotional outburst: fit

    May 12, 2008