restless

adjective
rest·​less | \ˈrest-ləs \

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

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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During 2019, however, with nothing to show on the migrant issue, and nothing much on the economy, the coalition’s supporters grew restless. The Economist, "Breaking point: December 2020," 5 July 2018 Wednesday’s hot temperatures caused some children to grow restless. Cain Buchmeier, Post-Tribune, "Patriotism on display at Hobart Independence Day parade," 4 July 2018 But Will, who works at a Christmas tree farm, grows restless. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Leave No Trace' marked by brilliant performances from Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie," 28 June 2018 The group, Open Mic, holds no shares in the company, but its call has now been echoed by a group of investors holding nearly $3 billion in Facebook shares, which has grown increasingly restless about Facebook’s corporate governance. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Could Mark Zuckerberg Face a Coup d'Etat at Facebook?," 26 June 2018 But fans are starting to grow restless that the two international strikers haven't hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund Eye Second Loan Spell for Chelsea Star After Baulking at Blues' Asking Price," 21 Apr. 2018 In a Hartford police arrest report, Perez-Rivera, is quoted as as telling detectives that the infant was restless and crying. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford Parents Charged With Manslaughter In Infant Daughter's Death," 8 June 2018 Mount Cleveland, one of the Aleutian Islands' most restless volcanoes, was put back on watch level status Tuesday after lava was seen flowing in its summit crater, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Restless Aleutian volcano put back on watch status after lava flows in crater," 27 June 2018 There is little sign of that yet, but there are several reasons for thinking migrants might become more restless. The Economist, "In China’s cities, young people with rural ties are angry," 3 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 \

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 \

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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