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

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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 Raised in Haviland, a Paulding County village about 190 miles west of Cleveland, Wilson was smart, restless, and uninterested in working on her family’s farm. Steven Litt, cleveland, 23 May 2021 Yet rather than confronting the ideological proportions of the crisis, the otherwise restless, skeptical corps of lead characters in The Premonition leap into the same privatizing logic that has wreaked so much harm in American health care. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 11 May 2021 Saint-Germain is a nerd, but even the fighters feel similarly restless. Christian Holub, EW.com, 14 May 2021 But after five years at the firm, Ryoo began to feel restless. Maggie Mcgrath, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 At the same time, Jones was restless for a career change of her own after leaving behind a job as an organizational design consultant for the federal government. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 7 May 2021 Short-Colomb was too restless for a year-round resort. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 The Brentano managed to breathe life into the music, which isn’t as engaging as Schumann’s piano pieces, by underscoring its restless rhythmic energies in the second movement and stretching the tempo like putty at times for dramatic effect. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2021 Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand as a restless itinerant worker who lives out of her van, is also up for four other awards tonight. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 25 Apr. 2021

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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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“Restless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restless. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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