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restless Line breaks: rest|less
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛs(t)ləs/

Definition of restless in English:


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.
British nervy
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈrɛstləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • His serenity vanished, his mind overcome by restlessness and unease.
  • Once more, the awkward silence crept in between them, causing Kathleen to fidget with the fabric of her gown from restlessness.
  • His discomfort with situations like this always translated into a restlessness he couldn't control.


Old English restlēas (see rest1, -less).

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