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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Inside the Palazzo delle Scintille were seven towering silver tents circled by onlookers restless to see the treasures underneath, wondering if the big reveal would live up to the hype. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Reimagining of a Classic Moncler Jacket," 20 Nov. 2018 Jean-Marie Fourrier, the 45-year-old owner, is one of the most restless and intellectually curious winemakers in Burgundy, and keeping up with him is no easy task. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "How One French Winemaker Is Quietly Revolutionizing His Family's Venerable Wine," 19 Apr. 2017 Cross jumps on the bed to wake her from restless dreams. Author: Karin Brulliard, Anchorage Daily News, "Military veterans with PTSD turn to service dogs for help. But does it work?," 27 Mar. 2018 That reality might begin to sink in for restless MPs in January — which is much closer to March 29, 2019. Jen Kirby, Vox, "British Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote," 12 Dec. 2018 But there’s a deeper impulse behind these restless excavations. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 But remember, these models could actually be less comfortable on the body of a restless sleeper, as there's little forgiveness against one's movements. Amy Roberts, Good Housekeeping, "The Definitive Guide to Buying a Mattress," 14 Nov. 2018 Including pizza boxes, Ikea receipts, and — in this latest instance — photo evidence of a sleepless night spent tending blownout diapers and a restless baby. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Reveals Where To Buy Everything In Baby Crew's Nursery," 6 Aug. 2018 This is a movie about how time and circumstance conspire to make dazed, restless wanderers of us all. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Cannes: Passion and politics merge in the exquisite doomed romances of 'Ash Is Purest White,' 'Cold War'," 13 May 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 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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