Definition of restless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛs(t)ləs/


1Unable to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom: the audience grew restless and inattentive
More example sentences
  • The animals were restless, disturbed by the smell of fire permeating the building.
  • There is a restless feel about this group, but I let the first forty minutes continue as planned.
  • In an age of restless channel surfing, you couldn't ask for anything better than this.
uneasy, ill at ease, restive, fidgety, edgy, on edge, tense, worked up, nervous, agitated, anxious, on tenterhooks, keyed up, apprehensive, unquiet, impatient;
British  nervy
informal jumpy, jittery, twitchy, uptight, wired, like a cat on a hot tin roof
British informal like a cat on hot bricks, stressy
sleepless, wakeful, insomniac;
fitful, broken, disturbed, troubled, unsettled, uncomfortable;
tossing and turning
archaic watchful
rare insomnolent
1.1Offering no physical or emotional rest; involving constant activity: a restless night
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  • I fell into a fitful, restless sleep, one that was preoccupied with thoughts of him.
  • She splashed from one thing to another, an unruly girl, now a restless, impetuous woman.
  • He was as fussy and fastidious as many great writers, prone to restless and often tiny adjustments.



Pronunciation: /ˈrɛstləsli/
Example sentences
  • They gather in small groups, shifting restlessly from foot to foot, exchanging pleasantries about the weather.
  • The group reaches the elevator queue to find a crowd of roughly two hundred students milling about restlessly.
  • Hoss had squirmed restlessly, obviously having a tale to unburden, but uncertain where to begin.


Old English restlēas (see rest1, -less).

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