agitated; restless; disordered; turbulent: unquiet times.
mentally or emotionally disturbed; vexed or perturbed; uneasy: He felt unquiet and alone.


a state of agitation, turbulence, disturbance, etc.: Unquiet spread throughout the land.

Origin of unquiet

1515–25; un-1 + quiet1 (for defs 1, 2), quiet2 (for def 3)
Related formsun·qui·et·ly, adverbun·qui·et·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unquiet

Contemporary Examples of unquiet

Historical Examples of unquiet

  • My soul has been spoiled by the world, my imagination is unquiet, my heart insatiate.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • Mrs. Wilcox, that unquiet yet kindly ghost, must be left to her own wrong.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • An unquiet and mysterious country of inextinguishable desires and fears.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • "I had my happy days—my days of care-free youth," the unquiet man was saying.

  • One could not believe the unquiet sea was so near, with its gifts and its unending menace.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for unquiet



characterized by disorder, unrest, or tumultunquiet times
anxious; uneasy


a state of unrest
Derived Formsunquietly, adverbunquietness, noun
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