rest·​ful ˈrest-fəl How to pronounce restful (audio)
: marked by, affording, or suggesting rest and repose
a restful color scheme
: being at rest : quiet
restfully adverb
restfulness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for restful

comfortable, cozy, snug, easy, restful mean enjoying or providing a position of contentment and security.

comfortable applies to anything that encourages serenity, well-being, or complacency as well as physical ease.

started feeling comfortable in our new surroundings

cozy suggests warmth, shelter, assured ease, and friendliness.

a cozy neighborhood coffee shop

snug suggests having just enough space for comfort and safety but no more.

a snug little cottage

easy implies relief from or absence of anything likely to cause discomfort or constraint.

living in easy circumstances

restful applies to whatever induces or contributes to rest or relaxation.

a quiet restful vacation

Examples of restful in a Sentence

It's restful by the stream. I hope you had a relaxing and restful weekend.
Recent Examples on the Web From the garden to the lounge, library, two restaurants, and garden bar, the hotel is comprised of elegant and restful spaces. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 One reason our snooze button is always so tempting to push is that no one wants to exchange restful slumber for all the responsibilities and demands of yet another day. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 The firm pillow insert is covered in a cooling bamboo cover that’s machine-washable and hypoallergenic, ensuring a restful night’s sleep. Kayla Kitts, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Insomnia is a sleep disorder that causes issues falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting restful and restorative sleep. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 2 Jan. 2024 The brand, whose claim to fame is its equally beloved on-the-go pillows, created an ergonomic 3D style that actually adapts to your face and blocks out light for a more restful, deeper sleep. Megan Schaltegger, Travel + Leisure, 4 Feb. 2024 His quest will lead him down winding mountain roads, beside still waters and across a scenic rooftop, all of which strike a restful contrast with the urban bustle of Saigon, with its packed soccer fields and erotic massage parlors. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 Patients also report that hospitals are not restful, comfortable places to recover. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 17 Jan. 2024 Get restful, comfortable sleep that’s less likely to be interrupted by night sweats while looking cute doing so. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 16 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of restful was in the 14th century

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“Restful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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rest·​ful ˈrest-fəl How to pronounce restful (audio)
: giving or suggesting rest : quiet
a restful scene
restfully adverb
restfulness noun

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