restless

adjective rest·less \ ˈrest-ləs \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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

restlessly

adverb

restlessness

noun

Examples of restless in a Sentence

  1. restless children who can't sit still

  2. The audience was becoming restless.

  3. He started to feel restless and discontent in his job.

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First Known Use of restless

before 12th century


RESTLESS Defined for English Language Learners

restless

adjective

Definition of restless for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

restless

adjective rest·less \ ˈrest-ləs \

Definition of restless for Students

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

restlessly

adverb

restlessness

noun

Medical Dictionary

restless

adjective rest·less \ ˈrest-ləs \

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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