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Origin of restful

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at rest1, -ful
Related formsrest·ful·ly, adverbrest·ful·ness, nounun·rest·ful, adjectiveun·rest·ful·ly, adverbun·rest·ful·ness, noun
Can be confusedrestful restive

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Antonyms for restful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of unrestful

  • The most unrestful ship that ever sailed out of any port on earth.


    Joseph Conrad

  • What was really wrong with him was that he had these qualities in an unrestful degree.

  • Indeed the solid earth and all about me was unrestful, rushing.

  • The eye of the Sun, the eye of the Moon, and my own unrestful eyes—all three are one—all three are one!

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling

  • I am most sad and most aweary Of this routine of state, unrestful splendor.

    Virginia, A Tragedy

    Marion Forster Gilmore

British Dictionary definitions for unrestful


  1. giving or conducive to rest
  2. being at rest; tranquil; calm
Derived Formsrestfully, adverbrestfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrestful



mid-14c., "characterized by rest;" late 14c., "quiet, peaceful;" from rest (n.1) + -ful. Related: Restfully; restfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper