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restless

[rest-lis] /ˈrɛst lɪs/
adjective
1.
characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest:
a restless mood.
2.
unquiet or uneasy, as a person, the mind, or the heart.
3.
never at rest; perpetually agitated or in motion:
the restless sea.
4.
without rest; without restful sleep:
a restless night.
5.
unceasingly active; averse to quiet or inaction, as persons:
a restless crowd.
Origin of restless
1000
before 1000; Middle English restles, Old English restlēas. See rest1, -less
Related forms
restlessly, adverb
restlessness, noun
Synonyms
1–3. restive, agitated, fretful.
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  • Other, though fainter, sounds than these contributed to my restlessness.

  • Now every minute's inaction increased this spirit of restlessness.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The difference only between the eagle and the vulture,—serenity or restlessness.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • They were saddled with neither the indifference nor the restlessness of the modern intellect.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • The stupor and the restlessness had alike vanished; he was in a deep sleep.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
British Dictionary definitions for restlessness

restless

/ˈrɛstlɪs/
adjective
1.
unable to stay still or quiet
2.
ceaselessly active or moving: the restless wind
3.
worried; anxious; uneasy
4.
not restful; without repose: a restless night
Derived Forms
restlessly, adverb
restlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for restlessness

restless

adj.

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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for restlessness

restless

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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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