Definition of restless in English:



  • 1(of a person or animal) unable to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.

    ‘the audience grew restless and inattentive’
    • ‘He would occasionally fidget around in his chair restless from his captivity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jonah spent several restless hours pacing in circles around his room, waiting for Yap to wake up.’
    • ‘It was still early but I was feeling restless so I grabbed my keys and let myself out of the house quietly.’
    • ‘He ploughed on for 35 minutes and his audience grew increasingly restless.’
    • ‘She felt restless just sitting there and tried to think of something to do.’
    • ‘There is a restless feel about this group, but I let the first forty minutes continue as planned.’
    • ‘In an age of restless channel surfing, you couldn't ask for anything better than this.’
    • ‘Before they got restless and left the table, I cleared my throat and made an announcement.’
    • ‘Feeling suddenly restless, I began to swim away from him, wanting to stretch my limbs.’
    • ‘I really hoped that I was right, because I was growing restless from the two long days.’
    • ‘There was a near record league game crowd growing increasingly restless at their teams' paucity of decent play.’
    • ‘It was a hard night for him, with a full but restless and unresponsive audience.’
    • ‘I grew increasingly restless with each passing day, until I finally could stand it no longer.’
    • ‘She knew her crew was getting tired and restless, and the supplies wouldn't hold out forever.’
    • ‘I could tell you what time Ms. Craven had her tea, and when the boys would get restless and want to go home.’
    • ‘The animals were restless, disturbed by the smell of fire permeating the building.’
    • ‘Abdul had been there for less then three hours and already he was restless.’
    • ‘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. 1.1Offering no physical or emotional rest; involving constant activity or motion.
      ‘a restless night’
      • ‘To be rid of these restless feelings and emotions, he need only take a few steps to the recreation room.’
      • ‘I needed something to quiet my thoughts, but my mind was too restless for sleep.’
      • ‘Texas beckoned not only their restless, adventurous spirits but evoked family heritage as well.’
      • ‘He was tired from a restless night of thinking and practicing his diplomatic procedures.’
      • ‘Glass may have been the material that best expressed the restless spirit of art nouveau.’
      • ‘I'm a restless sleeper, so I ended up waking up a lot.’
      • ‘I got very little sleep, but I was a powerhouse of restless energy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some people with restless legs syndrome also have periodic limb movements during sleep.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her infant son sat next to her and was fidgeting, restless and unable to sleep.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, I was a restless sleeper and had my legs twisted in my sheets.’
      • ‘I'd woken up almost every half hour through out the night feeling queasy before falling back into a restless doze.’
      • ‘She spent all night with her eyes shut but her restless mind wouldn't settle.’
      • ‘She rocked me back and forth in her arms, much like quieting a restless babe.’
      • ‘I fell into a fitful, restless sleep, one that was preoccupied with thoughts of him.’


Old English restlēas (see rest, -less).