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

Other Words from restless

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.
Recent Examples on the Web John Welchman, distinguished professor of art history at the University of California San Diego, described Picasso as restless, passionate and macho. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2022 His manner is restless and impatient, full of stop-start rhythms, and of characters who coil themselves up in rumination and then, without warning, lash out or lunge across the frame. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 Built around acoustic guitar, piano, and touches of other classic country instrumentation, the tune imagines love to be as simultaneously exciting, restless, and frustrating as a relationship with a stoic range-riding type. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2022 Workers are restless, with 40% of employees who switched jobs in the last year already considering a switch to another job. Daphne Kis, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Portable Sound Machine + Nightlight ($20.99, originally $29.99) is magic when babies are restless. cleveland, 13 July 2022 Harting, a 23-year-old from Huntsville, Alabama, won with a time of 1:55.06 after a restless night. Paul Newberry, ajc, 17 June 2021 Harting, a 23-year-old from Huntsville, Alabama, won with a time of 1:55.06 after a restless night. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021 Midway through the season, another restless night left Hill lying in bed, not wanting to do anything or see anyone. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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17 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for restless

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 O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the 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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