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[rest-lis] /ˈrɛst lɪs/
characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest:
a restless mood.
unquiet or uneasy, as a person, the mind, or the heart.
never at rest; perpetually agitated or in motion:
the restless sea.
without rest; without restful sleep:
a restless night.
unceasingly active; averse to quiet or inaction, as persons:
a restless crowd.
Origin of restless
before 1000; Middle English restles, Old English restlēas. See rest1, -less
Related forms
restlessly, adverb
restlessness, noun
1–3. restive, agitated, fretful. Unabridged
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  • But she began to be restless and wanted to return to her own cottage.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The sinewy tail beat a restless tattoo on the floor of the cage.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Hadn't they noticed how restless he'd been for the past few days?

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Judy wandered about, too restless and unhappy to settle to her play.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • So even when I was with him, he would watch me with a restless look in his eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for restless


unable to stay still or quiet
ceaselessly active or moving: the restless wind
worried; anxious; uneasy
not restful; without repose: a restless night
Derived Forms
restlessly, adverb
restlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for restless

late 14c., from rest (n.1) + -less. A general Germanic compound (cf. Frisian restleas, Dutch rusteloos, German rastlos, Danish rastlös). Meaning "stirring constantly, desirous of action" is attested from late 15c. Related: Restlessly; restlessness. Old English had restleas "deprived of sleep."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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the natives are restless

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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