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[rest-fuh l] /ˈrɛst fəl/
giving or conducive to rest.
being at rest; quiet; tranquil; peaceful.
Origin of restful
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at rest1, -ful
Related forms
restfully, adverb
restfulness, noun
unrestful, adjective
unrestfully, adverb
unrestfulness, noun
Can be confused
restful, restive.
2. calm, serene, undisturbed.
1. disturbing. 2. agitated. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unrestful
Historical Examples
  • The most unrestful ship that ever sailed out of any port on earth.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • What was really wrong with him was that he had these qualities in an unrestful degree.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Indeed the solid earth and all about me was unrestful, rushing.

    Of Walks and Walking Tours Arnold Haultain
  • The eye of the Sun, the eye of the Moon, and my own unrestful eyes—all three are one—all three are one!

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • I am most sad and most aweary Of this routine of state, unrestful splendor.

    Virginia, A Tragedy Marion Forster Gilmore
  • For half a year prior to February 1820 he had been unrestful and cheerless.

    Life of John Keats William Michael Rossetti
  • He nyam until he unrestful an' come his voice after was like groun' t'under.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • To sleep had been impossible, his dozing was only fitful and unrestful.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The unrestful, the well-organised and minatory sea had been advancing quickly.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • So wags and wavers this unrestful World, day after day, month after month.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for unrestful


giving or conducive to rest
being at rest; tranquil; calm
Derived Forms
restfully, adverb
restfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unrestful



mid-14c., "characterized by rest;" late 14c., "quiet, peaceful;" from rest (n.1) + -ful. Related: Restfully; restfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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