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Origin of restful

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at rest1, -ful
Related formsrest·ful·ly, adverbrest·ful·ness, nounun·rest·ful, adjectiveun·rest·ful·ly, adverbun·rest·ful·ness, noun
Can be confusedrestful restive

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Antonyms for restful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of restful

  • How restful this quiet and reserve after the colour and line tumult of the Higbee apartment.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • There is something in the restful radiance of moonlight which mellows hearts.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • The restful loneliness of the only life he had known was gone.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • It was gay, it was quiet and restful, it was intimately personal.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Now they became oases, restful shades in the sunlight of his effort.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for restful


  1. giving or conducive to rest
  2. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper