- 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
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Examples from the Web for restless
Rubenstein was 31 years old when he left the White House, and he was restless to make his mark.Patriotic Philanthropy: Not an Oxymoron
November 27, 2014
But even without help from a restless tectonic plate, folks in the Napa Valley get easily agitated.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards
August 31, 2014
His body has an even grace, his face a restless eagerness, and a gentleness, not to be confused with ‘niceness,’ is his manner.The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
A restless American who rarely lived in one place for more than two years, he knew he was after something different.A Gay American Artist in Kaiser’s Berlin
Sarah Bay Williams
August 10, 2014
He showed signs of a restless, wandering soul, someone searching for meaning around him.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War
July 19, 2014
Meanwhile, Halbert Davis had passed an uncomfortable and restless night.Brave and Bold
Weary and restless with vain waiting, they looked from the doorway at the weather.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She thought of Prissie's face, dark and restless, never clear, never still.
If he left the room she was restless, unhappy till he came back.
Many of his restless compatriots also sought these favoured shores.De Libris: Prose and Verse
- unable to stay still or quiet
- ceaselessly active or movingthe restless wind
- worried; anxious; uneasy
- not restful; without reposea restless night
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."