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restless

[ rest-lis ]
/ ˈrɛst lɪs /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of restless

First recorded before before 1000; Middle English restles, Old English restlēas; see rest1, -less

OTHER WORDS FROM restless

rest·less·ly, adverbrest·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for restless

restless
/ (ˈrɛstlɪs) /

adjective

unable to stay still or quiet
ceaselessly active or movingthe restless wind
worried; anxious; uneasy
not restful; without reposea restless night

Derived forms of restless

restlessly, adverbrestlessness, noun
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