restless

adjective
rest·​less | \ ˈrest-ləs How to pronounce restless (audio) \

Definition of restless

1 : lacking or denying rest : uneasy a restless night
2 : continuously moving : unquiet the restless sea
3 : characterized by or manifesting unrest especially of mind restless pacing also : changeful, discontented

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restlessly adverb
restlessness noun

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Examples of restless in a Sentence

restless children who can't sit still The audience was becoming restless. He started to feel restless and discontent in his job.
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Recent Examples on the Web Returning to visit the Philippines after more than a decade living in Hawaii, Vince is a witty, restless soul searching for the meaning of home. Gillian Kendall, National Geographic, "Celebrate Pride with 10 travel books by LGBTQ authors," 19 June 2020 This summer, parents all over the nation will be looking for ways to keep their restless children busy. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Dallas school district music educator to teach in the upcoming Met Opera Global Summer Camp," 12 June 2020 If your little furball has been feeling restless in quarantine, PetSmart has just the solution. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "PetSmart is having a huge sale on cat trees and more," 9 June 2020 Your restless energy may need an appropriate outlet, so hearing from acquaintances who have plenty of ideas about things to do will prove to be a welcome distraction during the next four to five weeks. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 8, 2020: Cancer, join forces with others; Virgo, listen and learn," 8 June 2020 Johnson deftly spins the little that is definitively known about the life of Mary Ellen into a refractive portrait of a spirited, restless individual. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 7 June 2020 The outer movements are nervy and restless, never settling, set against a still, melancholy adagio. E.c., The Economist, "Classical music A trio-sonata playlist," 21 May 2020 In Denmark, elementary schoolteachers readied classrooms so young children could return to school on Wednesday, while in the Czech Republic, a restless public relished the reopening of sports centers and some shops. New York Times, "Some European Nations Ease Pandemic Rules, but Move Warily," 14 Apr. 2020 The drug, known as PF-05251749, will be developed to treat what’s known as sundowning in Alzheimer’s patients, a condition in which patients get more confused, aggressive or restless as a day goes on. Drew Armstrong, Bloomberg.com, "Biogen Buys Alzheimer’s Compound for $75 Million, Deepening Bet," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of restless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of restless was before the 12th century

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29 Jun 2020

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“Restless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restless. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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restless

adjective
How to pronounce restless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of restless

: feeling nervous or bored and tending to move around a lot : not relaxed or calm
: unhappy about a situation and wanting change
: having little or no rest or sleep

restless

adjective
rest·​less | \ ˈrest-ləs How to pronounce restless (audio) \

Kids Definition of restless

1 : not relaxed or calm The waiting audience became restless.
2 : having or giving no rest But it was a restless sleep in which he tossed and moaned continually.— Robert C. O'Brien, Rats of NIMH

Other Words from restless

restlessly adverb
restlessness noun

restless

adjective
rest·​less | \ ˈrest-ləs How to pronounce restless (audio) \

Medical Definition of restless

1 : deprived of rest or sleep the patient was restless from pain
2 : providing no rest a restless night

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