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 Somehow the dark lava stones surrounding us all created more restful energy, while the wide 180-degree view of the Kàrsnes Harbour waters and Mount Keilir in the distance, double-downed on that peacefulness. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 2 May 2024 Weighted infant sleepwear companies say their products can help comfort young babies and soothe them into a restful sleep, similar to how weighted blankets work for older children and adults. Joe Hernandez, NPR, 2 May 2024 Bathrooms have been long regarded as the ultimate sanctuary; a restful respite to brush your teeth, take a shower, and perfect your multi-step skincare routine. Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 Made from premium bamboo fabric, these sheets are hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, and eco-friendly, ensuring a comfortable and restful night's sleep. Bethany Braun-Silva, ABC News, 8 Apr. 2024 All these steps regulate her circadian rhythms and promote restful slumber. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 27 Mar. 2024 Her face, at rest and free of makeup, isn’t especially restful. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Poor sleep might look like not getting enough sleep, sleep deprivation, or not getting restful sleep. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 26 Feb. 2024 Its compression and massage features are designed to relax you into a restful sleep. Anna Smoot, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2024

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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 22 May. 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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