- 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 restlessness
In addition to headaches and restlessness, she had lost her appetite and a lot of weight.Meet the Julia Child of Weed
November 13, 2014
The same inertia and restlessness is setting in behind the scenes as well.Will Gardner Had to Die So That ‘The Good Wife’ Could Thrive
September 19, 2014
Anxiety, restlessness, chills, sweating, blurred vision, and dehydration can occur with the use of MDMA.Why Molly Is Especially Deadly at Summer Music Festivals
June 7, 2014
But the prevailing emotion that day, even among us awardees, was a bemused sense of boredom, restlessness and insatiability.The Medal of Honor Disgrace
Brian Van Reet
March 26, 2014
In that respect, Monk, like Miles, made a virtue out of restlessness.Classic Miles Davis Recordings Reveal New Beauty in Their Classic Mono Format
December 8, 2013
Other, though fainter, sounds than these contributed to my restlessness.Sketches from Memory (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Now every minute's inaction increased this spirit of restlessness.In the Valley
The difference only between the eagle and the vulture,—serenity or restlessness.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
They were saddled with neither the indifference nor the restlessness of the modern intellect.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
The stupor and the restlessness had alike vanished; he was in a deep sleep.The First Violin
- 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 restlessness
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."