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  1. characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest: a restless mood.
  2. unquiet or uneasy, as a person, the mind, or the heart.
  3. never at rest; perpetually agitated or in motion: the restless sea.
  4. without rest; without restful sleep: a restless night.
  5. unceasingly active; averse to quiet or inaction, as persons: a restless crowd.
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Origin of restless

before 1000; Middle English restles, Old English restlēas. See rest1, -less
Related formsrest·less·ly, adverbrest·less·ness, noun

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Related Words for restless

troubled, fidgety, nervous, sleepless, unsettled, edgy, anxious, uneasy, disturbed, unruly, agitated, itchy, restive, active, antsy, changeable, fitful, footloose, fretful, hurried

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British Dictionary definitions for restless


  1. unable to stay still or quiet
  2. ceaselessly active or movingthe restless wind
  3. worried; anxious; uneasy
  4. not restful; without reposea restless night
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Derived Formsrestlessly, adverbrestlessness, noun
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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."

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