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

Origin

Old English restlēas (see rest, -less).

Pronunciation

restless

/ˈrɛs(t)ləs/