rest·​ful | \ ˈrest-fəl How to pronounce restful (audio) \

Definition of restful

1 : marked by, affording, or suggesting rest and repose a restful color scheme
2 : being at rest : quiet

Other Words from restful

restfully \ ˈrest-​fə-​lē How to pronounce restful (audio) \ 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 Besides spurring out-of-the-box thinking, these brief mental interludes may promote relaxation by serving as a restful escape, suggests a UC Berkeley research. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Of course, there is no coffee nap restful enough (nor a tune peppy enough or light bright enough) to maintain the focus of a person who just needs a good night's sleep, Zhou says. Sonya Collins, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 Deep sleep is the most restful stage of sleep and is important for both your physical and mental health. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 The good news is that pinpointing your chronotype can help make your nights more restful and your days more enjoyable. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 23 Apr. 2022 And checking out your HRV during the day could also give you a clearer understanding of how restful — or not — last night was. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 The Tranquility Room and Reflection Pool are restful sanctuaries to be enjoyed before or after spa treatments, and the locker rooms are outfitted with jetted tubs, showers and steam rooms. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 7 Mar. 2022 Are your dreams of the most restful beauty sleep of your life dashed? Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2022 This movement aims to put forth an alternative view of what life can be for Black women: restful, leisurely, and abundant. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of restful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Restful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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rest·​ful | \ ˈrest-fəl How to pronounce restful (audio) \

Kids Definition of restful

: giving a feeling of peace or relaxation : quiet a restful scene

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