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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Her Size While light in the room doesn’t directly cause weight gain, the extra exposure leads to restless sleep and limits deep sleep time. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Turn Off Those Friends Reruns — Sleeping with the TV on May Make You Gain Weight," 12 June 2019 For all the songs’ restless distress, ultimately this is an album marked by tentative hopefulness. Ken Capobianco, BostonGlobe.com, "On ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce Springsteen still singing for the lonely," 12 June 2019 On a recent day, 18-year-old Chantal Hueben stood in front of a group of restless fifth-graders and asked them to brainstorm about the messaging program Whatsapp, which most are just starting to use to participate in a group chat for their class. Washington Post, "How do you teach kids about texting? Bring in the teenagers," 11 June 2019 The latest approach appears to have temporarily satisfied the restless House Democrats. Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, "Democrats begin public airing of Mueller report," 9 June 2019 Heavily pregnant and uncomfortable, she was alerted by the smell of burning and restless animals. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 But even in that heady era, Bergling stood out as a restless songwriter who pushed the boundaries EDM placed around him. August Brown, latimes.com, "Avicii’s final songs emerge on ‘Tim,’ with help from many friends," 7 June 2019 Vuong is pushing the boundaries of the novel form, reshaping the definition to fit the contours of his restless poetic exploration, using language to capture consciousness and being. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "Ocean Vuong's 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous' a transcendent queer immigrant story," 5 June 2019 They’re right, but only in that, pretty soon, someone is going to get bored or restless and decide to rock the boat. Belinda Luscombe, Marie Claire, "Your Partner's Annoying Habits Are Pushing You to the Edge—Here's How Not to Break Up," 21 May 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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