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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Other Words from restful

restfully \ ˈrest-​fə-​lē How to pronounce restful (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 Find the best mattress for you; serenity and restful nights are forecasted ahead. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best mattress for your body and budget: Five things to consider," 8 Dec. 2020 The scent combines eucalyptus and orange essential oils to help promote relaxation and more restful sleep. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Best Soy Candles for a Clean, Long-Lasting Scent," 22 Jan. 2021 Not only will a new pillow provide better support at night, but regular replacement can reduce allergies and provide a more restful sleep experience. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "The best pillow: Sleep better in any position," 11 Dec. 2020 Featuring 6 nature sounds like summer night and rain, the recipient is sure to fall asleep faster and have a more restful slumber. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "20 amazing gifts to buy from Bed, Bath & Beyond under $30," 10 Nov. 2020 The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day, and the relaxed holiday is a chance to extend the celebration for one more restful day. Erin Blakemore, History & Culture, "Why historians disagree about the origins of Boxing Day, the post-Christmas British holiday," 21 Dec. 2020 Still, the 540i's subdued driving nature, luxe curb appeal, and first-class cabin make for a great executive car, especially for those days when a restful commute home is really all that matters. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 BMW 540i Embraces Comfort, and Maybe That's Okay," 16 Dec. 2020 The cover is machine-washable, and the material is hypoallergenic, providing restful sleep for allergy sufferers. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "The best pillow: Sleep better in any position," 11 Dec. 2020 This 2018 study surveyed 962 women living in the United States, and found that the women with dogs were more likely to report having a restful night than women who slept with either cats or humans. Kelly Conaboy, The Atlantic, "Is It Okay to Let My Dog Sleep in My Bed?," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of restful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Feb 2021

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“Restful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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