The Oxford Learners Dictionary defines fidget as:

fidget (with something): to keep moving your body, your hands or your feet because you are nervous, bored, excited, etc. "Sit still and stop fidgeting!" OLD

Would the above explanation describe the following action?

Action A: "walking around the room and sometimes walking up and down in the room and sometimes sitting down but then standing up because of nervousness.

I understand that the verb fidget means you are continuously moving your body / hand / feet while you are either standing or sitting down in one place. Thus, I think fidget does not describe action A.

If I am correct, then what are the word or term can I use to express "Action A"?

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    I'd call that pacing nervously
    – Jim
    Nov 5, 2015 at 3:13
  • 'Fidgeting' is not restricted to a single place.
    – JEL
    Nov 5, 2015 at 3:27
  • Normally fidgeting implies doing so while sitting or standing in one place, but this is not writ in stone. It could include pacing, etc, and especially the sort of activity you describe -- sitting, standing, pacing, fooling with the curtains, etc, in a random pattern.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 5, 2015 at 3:55
  • Your example doesn't fit "fidget" very well. If the reason was boredom it might work better, but in both cases the movement is too much to count as fidgeting.
    – Chris H
    Nov 9, 2015 at 8:12

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I would describe that as being restless, or behaving restlessly.

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