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

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restfully \ ˈrest-​fə-​lē How to pronounce restfully (audio) \ adverb
restfulness noun

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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 Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, promotes the creation of serotonin and melatonin [in the body], and these two components are linked to getting a more restful sleep., "Blame gluttony, not the turkey, for postmeal sleepiness, a Tufts dietitian says - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 Her new apartment also embodies that style: opulent yet restful, historic yet modern, and very personal. Dana Thomas, ELLE Decor, "A Glittering Aerie on the Left Bank of Paris," 14 Dec. 2019 The clamor of the house is reduced to a restful calm, and everyone blames the turkey for their lethargy., "Blame gluttony, not the turkey, for postmeal sleepiness, a Tufts dietitian says - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 As far as quick updates go, spend a weekend bringing in high-quality towels, glass canisters for your self-care must-haves, and houseplants to craft a restful atmosphere. Shelby Deering, House Beautiful, "How to Transform Your Home Into a Dreamy Oasis This Weekend," 21 Nov. 2019 On the heels of a restful summer and a full training camp, a pain-free Chychrun has been able to thrive this season. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes' Jakob Chychrun flashing potential after battling chronic pain last season," 9 Nov. 2019 There’s also a glow-in-the-dark cove and an ASMR tunnel for slime’s visual and auditory qualities, further ballyhooing the restful and spine-tingly autonomous sensory meridian response that has exploded in no-talking videos on YouTube. Washington Post, "Lovers of slime can gear up and get drenched at NYC pop-up," 24 Oct. 2019 For these vacationers, their visits were restful opportunities to lie on beaches and suck down fruity drinks. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "These are the countries most reliant on your tourism dollars," 9 Oct. 2019 In a press release, the color is described as timeless, elegant, restful, honest and non-aggressive. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year Is a Hue 'We Can Always Rely On' in Uncertain Times," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of restful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jan 2020

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“Restful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of restful

: peaceful and quiet in a way that makes you relax


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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