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[rest-lis] /ˈrɛst lɪs/
characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest:
a restless mood.
unquiet or uneasy, as a person, the mind, or the heart.
never at rest; perpetually agitated or in motion:
the restless sea.
without rest; without restful sleep:
a restless night.
unceasingly active; averse to quiet or inaction, as persons:
a restless crowd.
Origin of restless
before 1000; Middle English restles, Old English restlēas. See rest1, -less
Related forms
restlessly, adverb
restlessness, noun
1, 2, 3. restive, agitated, fretful. Unabridged
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  • There is a restlessness, a deep sense of something gone wrong in the air.
  • Now a few enterprising engineers are looking to convert our restlessness into electricity.
  • His was the solitude, self-doubt and restlessness of dislocation and displacement.
  • And then there was the second expression of her restlessness.
  • His longing has changed to restlessness and dissatisfaction, which make the trip seem senseless to him.
  • The intellect is vagabond, and the universal system of education fosters restlessness.
  • It's simply the old summer restlessness, which goes back to school days.
  • Scarcely had the maker of miniatures completed the thimble palace when he felt a new burst of restlessness.
  • The movie is too long, and often wearying to watch, taking its visual cues from the unappeasable restlessness of the heroine.
  • Inhaling the vapors may irritate the respiratory tract and cause restlessness, tremors, headaches and increased heart rate.
British Dictionary definitions for restlessness


unable to stay still or quiet
ceaselessly active or moving: the restless wind
worried; anxious; uneasy
not restful; without repose: a restless night
Derived Forms
restlessly, adverb
restlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for restlessness



late 14c., from rest (n.1) + -less. A general Germanic compound (cf. Frisian restleas, Dutch rusteloos, German rastlos, Danish rastlös). Meaning "stirring constantly, desirous of action" is attested from late 15c. Related: Restlessly; restlessness. Old English had restleas "deprived of sleep."

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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