[ rest-lis ]
/ ˈrɛst lɪs /


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

before 1000; Middle English restles, Old English restlēas. See rest1, -less

Related forms

rest·less·ly, adverbrest·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for restlessly


/ (ˈrɛstlɪs) /


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

Derived Forms

restlessly, adverbrestlessness, noun
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