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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restlessly adverb
restlessness noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, Jones was restless for a career change of her own after leaving behind a job as an organizational design consultant for the federal government. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Mother and daughter team up to run hot dog business out of Baltimore’s old Woman’s Industrial Exchange," 7 May 2021 Short-Colomb was too restless for a year-round resort. Washington Post, "At 63, she enrolled at the university that sold her enslaved ancestors. Now she’s starring in a play about them.," 9 Apr. 2021 The Brentano managed to breathe life into the music, which isn’t as engaging as Schumann’s piano pieces, by underscoring its restless rhythmic energies in the second movement and stretching the tempo like putty at times for dramatic effect. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: The Brentano String Quartet delivers an eloquent historical survey, but with some overplaying," 27 Apr. 2021 Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand as a restless itinerant worker who lives out of her van, is also up for four other awards tonight. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Chloé Zhao Is the First Woman of Color to Win an Oscar for Best Director," 25 Apr. 2021 Welcome once again to HomeFront, where those of us in the limbo between vaccine shots have our noses pressed up against the window like a restless dog in the back of a minivan. BostonGlobe.com, "HomeFront: Oscar picks, Ed Helms x 2, ‘Romeo & Juliet’," 23 Apr. 2021 Now in his late 60s, Begay maintains his restless spirit. Chadd Scott, Forbes, "Shonto Begay: ‘Art Saves Lives’," 17 Apr. 2021 Women have had restless teenagers at home and/or college kids who headed back to shelter in place. NBC News, "Author Sophia Nelson: The end of the pandemic is in sight ― and women need a 'code' of self-care more than ever," 15 Apr. 2021 Is Xi Jinping playing the nationalism card to assuage restless public opinion at home? Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Can Biden’s Resolve Weather Putin and Xi?," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of restless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of restless was before the 12th century

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13 May 2021

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“Restless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restless. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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