Definition of restless in English:

restless

adjective

  • 1Unable to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.

    ‘the audience grew restless and inattentive’
    • ‘She felt restless just sitting there and tried to think of something to do.’
    • ‘There was a near record league game crowd growing increasingly restless at their teams' paucity of decent play.’
    • ‘There is a restless feel about this group, but I let the first forty minutes continue as planned.’
    • ‘I really hoped that I was right, because I was growing restless from the two long days.’
    • ‘Fans were becoming restless, and the aggressive Phillies wanted to please the crowd.’
    • ‘Abdul had been there for less then three hours and already he was restless.’
    • ‘Jonah spent several restless hours pacing in circles around his room, waiting for Yap to wake up.’
    • ‘It was a hard night for him, with a full but restless and unresponsive audience.’
    • ‘The animals were restless, disturbed by the smell of fire permeating the building.’
    • ‘Feeling suddenly restless, I began to swim away from him, wanting to stretch my limbs.’
    • ‘Before they got restless and left the table, I cleared my throat and made an announcement.’
    • ‘It was still early but I was feeling restless so I grabbed my keys and let myself out of the house quietly.’
    • ‘In an age of restless channel surfing, you couldn't ask for anything better than this.’
    • ‘Josh, feeling restless, read a book he'd checked out from the library in his bed.’
    • ‘I grew increasingly restless with each passing day, until I finally could stand it no longer.’
    • ‘And then, sometimes I was just restless and bored, though the film was consistently watchable.’
    • ‘He would occasionally fidget around in his chair restless from his captivity.’
    • ‘She knew her crew was getting tired and restless, and the supplies wouldn't hold out forever.’
    • ‘He ploughed on for 35 minutes and his audience grew increasingly restless.’
    • ‘I could tell you what time Ms. Craven had her tea, and when the boys would get restless and want to go home.’
    uneasy, ill at ease, restive, fidgety, edgy, on edge, tense, worked up, nervous, agitated, anxious, on tenterhooks, keyed up, apprehensive, unquiet, impatient
    sleepless, wakeful, insomniac
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    1. 1.1 Offering no physical or emotional rest; involving constant activity.
      ‘a restless night’
      • ‘To be rid of these restless feelings and emotions, he need only take a few steps to the recreation room.’
      • ‘She rocked me back and forth in her arms, much like quieting a restless babe.’
      • ‘Some people with restless legs syndrome also have periodic limb movements during sleep.’
      • ‘I got very little sleep, but I was a powerhouse of restless energy.’
      • ‘He was tired from a restless night of thinking and practicing his diplomatic procedures.’
      • ‘I was restless and unable to drop off, my mind going one hundred miles an hour and flitting from one topic to the next.’
      • ‘She is 67 now, but sprightly with a fierce, restless energy.’
      • ‘Glass may have been the material that best expressed the restless spirit of art nouveau.’
      • ‘She spent all night with her eyes shut but her restless mind wouldn't settle.’
      • ‘Her infant son sat next to her and was fidgeting, restless and unable to sleep.’
      • ‘I'd woken up almost every half hour through out the night feeling queasy before falling back into a restless doze.’
      • ‘As I left the meeting room to get ready for training, my body was restless with anticipation.’
      • ‘She splashed from one thing to another, an unruly girl, now a restless, impetuous woman.’
      • ‘Texas beckoned not only their restless, adventurous spirits but evoked family heritage as well.’
      • ‘She knew she shouldn't be lying in her bed, moaning and complaining of her troubled mind and restless heart.’
      • ‘I fell into a fitful, restless sleep, one that was preoccupied with thoughts of him.’
      • ‘He was as fussy and fastidious as many great writers, prone to restless and often tiny adjustments.’
      • ‘I needed something to quiet my thoughts, but my mind was too restless for sleep.’
      • ‘I'm a restless sleeper, so I ended up waking up a lot.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, I was a restless sleeper and had my legs twisted in my sheets.’

Origin

Old English restlēas (see rest, -less).

Pronunciation

restless

/ˈrɛs(t)ləs/