restless

[rest-lis]
adjective
1.
characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest: a restless mood.
2.
unquiet or uneasy, as a person, the mind, or the heart.
3.
never at rest; perpetually agitated or in motion: the restless sea.
4.
without rest; without restful sleep: a restless night.
5.
unceasingly active; averse to quiet or inaction, as persons: a restless crowd.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English restles, Old English restlēas. See rest1, -less

restlessly, adverb
restlessness, noun


1, 2, 3. restive, agitated, fretful.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To restless
Collins
World English Dictionary
restless (ˈrɛstlɪs)
 
adj
1.  unable to stay still or quiet
2.  ceaselessly active or moving: the restless wind
3.  worried; anxious; uneasy
4.  not restful; without repose: a restless night
 
'restlessly
 
adv
 
'restlessness
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

restless
O.E. restleas "deprived of sleep," from rest (1) + -leas "-less." A general Gmc. compound (cf. Fris. restleas, Ger. rastlos, Dan. rastlös, Du. rusteloos). Meaning "stirring constantly, desirous of action" is attested from late 15c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
During migratory season, the caged birds became restless and exhibited
  increased hopping and wing flapping.
Look, it should not be a surprise that hungry people tend to be more restless
  than well fed people.
Certainly there could be other reasons why people might have restless sleep.
The others also seemed to have relatively restless sleep.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;