[ rest-fuhl ]
/ 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
Can be confusedrestful restive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for restful


/ (ˈrɛstfʊl) /


giving or conducive to rest
being at rest; tranquil; calm
Derived Formsrestfully, adverbrestfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for restful



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

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