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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Other Words from restless

restlessly adverb
restlessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for restless

Synonyms

restive, uneasy, unquiet, unrestful

Antonyms

restful

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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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By this time, this country crowd is getting restless and rowdy. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al.com, "Playing The Beatles: Musicians share their ‘Yesterdays’," 27 June 2019 His restless spirit has unfinished business here on Earth, namely looking out for the love of his life, Molly. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Ghost,’ at Theater West End, is pale version of hit movie | Review," 24 June 2019 The Monitor's View Beneath the veneer of stability 30 years after the Tiananmen massacre, Chinese society continues to be restless in ways the party cannot always control. Christian Science Monitor, "Commentary," 7 June 2019 O’Rourke’s campaign has fizzled since its launch, weighed down by a view of O’Rourke as listless, restless. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Beto O’Rourke’s Spanish Moment at the Democratic Debate," 27 June 2019 For fans who cringe at the rise in strikeouts, decrease in action and get restless sitting through 3 ½-hour marathons, the game’s dramatic evolution is becoming a turnoff. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Nuggets land Bol Bol: What the national media thought of Denver’s draft night," 24 June 2019 Alison Quin is pitch-perfect as coworker Susan, an ambitious and romantically restless fellow vice president who comes on strong to Josh from the beginning, leading to some hilarious misunderstandings. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Big’ in Berkeley shows not every movie should be a musical," 24 June 2019 Bauer, a restless and relentless right-hander for the Cleveland Indians, is a pitching scientist on a crusade. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Trevor Bauer, Baseball’s Imperfect Evangelist," 21 June 2019 One reads him not only for his prose but also for the chance to observe a great and restless intellect. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Conservative Sensibility Is George Will’s Definitive Declaration," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of restless

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

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restless

adjective

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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