adjective res·tive \ˈres-tiv\

: feeling bored or impatient while waiting for something to happen or change

Full Definition of RESTIVE

:  stubbornly resisting control :  balky
:  marked by impatience or uneasiness :  fidgety
res·tive·ly adverb
res·tive·ness noun

Examples of RESTIVE

  1. <the restive horse threw its head and refused to move when the rider urged it forward>
  2. <spent a restive night worrying about the next day's exam>

Origin of RESTIVE

Middle English restyf, from Anglo-French restif, from rester to stop, resist, remain
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with RESTIVE


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