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 But several audience members seemed restless, looking at their phones, talking with their neighbors or, in one case, crinkling a plastic bag. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 After over a year of global uncertainty, many people are feeling restless. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 His approval ratings have dropped and Democrats are restless, eager to deliver on his signature campaign promise of rebuilding the country. Lisa Mascaro And Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, 2 Oct. 2021 His approval ratings have dropped and Democrats are restless, eager to deliver on his signature campaign promise of rebuilding the country. Time, 2 Oct. 2021 His approval ratings have dropped and Democrats are restless, eager to deliver on his signature campaign promise of rebuilding the country. CBS News, 2 Oct. 2021 His approval ratings have dropped and Democrats are restless, eager to deliver on his signature campaign promise of rebuilding the country. Lisa Mascaro And Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Oct. 2021 By 1973, facing international pressure and a restless civilian population, the junta’s hold was shaky. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2021 By 1973, facing international pressure and a restless civilian population, the junta’s hold was shaky. New York Times, 2 Sep. 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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“Restless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restless. Accessed 28 Oct. 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 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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