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restless

Etymology

rest + -less

Adjective

restless

  1. Not allowing or affording rest.
    The night before his wedding was a restless one.
  2. Without rest; unable to be still or quiet; uneasy; continually moving.
    He was a restless child.
    She sat, restless and nervous, and tried to concentrate.
  3. Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose; eager for change; discontented.
    A restless ambition.
  4. Deprived of rest or sleep.
    They remained restless, sitting by the window the entire night.

Derived terms

Synonyms

restless

Etymology

AS. restleás.

Adjective

restless
  1. Never resting; unquiet; uneasy; continually moving; as, a restless child.
    Chaucer.Restless revolution day by day.”
    Milton.
  2. Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose or quiet; eager for change; discontented; as, restless schemers; restless ambition; restless subjects.
    Restless at home , and ever prone to range.”
    Dryden.
  3. Deprived of rest or sleep.
    Restless he passed the remnants of the night.
    Dryden.
  4. Passed in unquietness; as, the patient has had a restless night.
  5. Not affording rest; as, a restless chair.
    Cowper.

Thesaurus

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Adjective

restless
  1. ungratified, unsatisfied, restless : worried and uneasy
  2. restless : ceaselessly in motion
    the restless sea
    the restless wind
  3. uneasy, restless : lacking or not affording physical or mental rest
    a restless night
    she fell into an uneasy sleep