restless

adjective
rest·​less | \ ˈrest-ləs \

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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The post-war reactions were at their height — everyone was restless. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 20 Apr. 2018 The fan base could get restless if the Gophers can’t crack .500 in league play in the next two years. Andy Staples, SI.com, "How Long Can the Big Ten's Excellent Hit Rate on Coaching Hires Last?," 14 Mar. 2018 As Keita supporters celebrated Thursday night, the capital city of Bamako experienced a restless night. Baba Ahmed, Fox News, "Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result," 17 Aug. 2018 In 1989, at the age of 20, Takahashi became restless while studying at Tokyo’s prestigious Bunka Fashion College. Vogue, "How These 12 Boundary-Breaking Designers Continue to Think Globally," 13 Aug. 2018 But on the other side of its signature joie de vivre, 5 can become restless and impatient. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 Referencing the Catholic belief that unburied souls can’t enter heaven, the play casts the ghosts of national Irish heroes — including heroes who are dying at that very moment — as walking among the living, still restless and agitating for change. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Olivier-winning play from Jez Butterworth juggles 21 actors, a baby, and a goose — with a dark strain of Irish nationalism.," 3 Nov. 2018 Harris had been in hospice care and remained restless and hilarious until the end, Halpern said. Andrew Dalton, Fox News, "'Nashville' and 'Freaky Friday' star Barbara Harris dead at 83," 21 Aug. 2018 In the five months since he was fired by the University of Louisville, Pitino has filed two lawsuits, sold two houses, written a book and yet remained restless. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Restless Rick Pitino hires an agent and returns to the job market," 9 Mar. 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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