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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An 0-2 record in the NCAA tournament, a 22-loss season and too many heartbreakers to count have turned fans and boosters restless, especially as other in-state schools such as Texas Tech and Houston are thriving. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "As Jaxson Hayes heads to NBA, Will Baker steps in for Texas," 7 July 2019 Following numerous years of finishing way behind Chelsea and Man United, Arsenal's star players were starting to get restless, right as there became a new team on the block who weren't afraid to throw some serious money around. SI.com, "The 10 Most Ridiculously Stupid Things Arsenal Have Done in the Past 15 Years," 19 June 2019 As the crowd grew restless, several gunshots were heard and police officers were seen with shields and batons. Fox News, "Memphis police officers injured in unrest following officer-involved shooting: reports," 13 June 2019 The proportion of restless, single, unhappy people continues to rise. Kyle Smith, National Review, "An Anti–Me Too Play — from a Surprising Perspective, and from the 1980s," 7 June 2019 Lamster captures a brilliant, restless, conniving, ambitious man. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 During one of their discussions, Byron suggested that each member of the restless group write a ghost story to share. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Why a volcanic eruption caused a 'year without a summer' in 1816," 17 Sep. 2019 No one will out any particularly boisterous sleeper, but one can imagine the room sounding like a slumber party of restless Wildings after an exhausting battle. Catherine Blinder, courant.com, "Firehouse dinner: Cooking, camaraderie and a shared meal at Hartford’s West End Station," 17 Sep. 2019 The kicks drew huge cheers from a Bryant-Denny Stadium crowd that had grown restless from past kicking woes. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "A look at the key factors in Alabama-South Carolina," 14 Sep. 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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