- 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 restlessly
But as a salesman, he's actually quite a natural, restlessly promoting a product that doesn't look any prettier than he does.Mayor of Inspiration
Samuel P. Jacobs
October 10, 2010
After Dan's departure in the sleigh, Tom wandered about restlessly.The Inn at the Red Oak
Alexander moved about restlessly and fell to poking the fire.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
As he was at his ordinary daily work his mind was restlessly busy.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
"It must have been plenty far away," said Calhoun restlessly.Pariah Planet
"I don't understand a word—not a syllable," said Garrison restlessly.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
- 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 restlessly
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."