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agitated, fretful, without rest: restless night
Not to be confused with:
restive – nervous, unquiet; recalcitrant, disobedient, obstinate, balky: a restive horse
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1. Characterized by a lack of quiet, repose, or rest: spent a restless night.
2. Not able to rest, relax, or be still: a restless child.
3. Having or showing a persistent desire for change or action: "A restless feeling of guilt would always be present with him" (James Joyce).
4. Never still or motionless: the restless sea.

rest′less·ly adv.
rest′less·ness n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


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.
ˈrestlessly adv
ˈrestlessness n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈrɛst lɪs)

1. characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest: a restless mood.
2. unquiet; uneasy.
3. perpetually agitated or in motion: the restless sea.
4. without rest or restful sleep: a restless night.
5. unceasingly active: a restless crowd.
[before 1000]
rest′less•ly, adv.
rest′less•ness, n.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
restive, restless - Restive means impatient or fidgety under pressure or restraint; restless is being uneasy, unquiet, or unable to relax or rest.
See also related terms for relax.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. 'restful'

Something that is restful helps you to feel calm and relaxed.

The lighting is restful.
2. 'restless'

A restless child cannot keep still or quiet.

Some babies are tense and restless during the early weeks.

You also say that someone is restless when they are bored with what they are doing and want to do something else.

I knew within a fortnight I should feel restless again.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.restless - worried and uneasyrestless - worried and uneasy      
discontent, discontented - showing or experiencing dissatisfaction or restless longing; "saw many discontent faces in the room"; "was discontented with his position"
2.restless - ceaselessly in motion; "the restless sea"; "the restless wind"
moving - in motion; "a constantly moving crowd"; "the moving parts of the machine"
3.restless - lacking or not affording physical or mental rest; "a restless night"; "she fell into an uneasy sleep"
relaxing, reposeful, restful - affording physical or mental rest; "she spent a restful night at home"
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Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


1. Affording no quiet, repose, or rest:
2. Feeling or exhibiting nervous tension:
Slang: uptight.
Idioms: a bundle of nerves, all wound up, on edge.
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[ˈrestlɪs] ADJ
1. (= unsettled) [person] → inquieto, intranquilo; [mind] → intranquilo
he's the restless sortes de los inquietos, es de los que no saben quedarse quietos
to feel restlesssentirse intranquilo
I had a restless nightpasé muy mala noche, no dormí bien
2. (= fidgety) → inquieto
to become or get or grow restlessinquietarse, impacientarse
3. (= discontented) [crowd, mob] → agitado
4. (liter) (= moving) [wind, sea, clouds] → agitado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈrɛstləs] adj
(= bored and impatient) → agité(e)
to get restless → s'agiter
(= fidgety) → agité(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adj (= unsettled) person, manner, sea, nightunruhig; mindruhelos, unruhig; energyrastlos; (= not wanting to stay in one place)rastlos; restless spiritruheloser Geist; the natives are restless (hum)es herrscht Unruhe im Land
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈrɛstlɪs] adj (gen) → irrequieto/a, agitato/a; (crowd) → inquieto/a
to get restless → spazientirsi
I had a restless night → ho passato una notte agitata
if you're restless why not read for a while? → se non riesci a dormire perché non leggi per un po'?
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(rest) noun
1. a (usually short) period of not working etc after, or between periods of, effort; (a period of) freedom from worries etc. Digging the garden is hard work – let's stop for a rest; Let's have/take a rest; I need a rest from all these problems – I'm going to take a week's holiday.
2. sleep. He needs a good night's rest.
3. something which holds or supports. a book-rest; a headrest on a car seat.
4. a state of not moving. The machine is at rest.
1. to (allow to) stop working etc in order to get new strength or energy. We've been walking for four hours – let's stop and rest; Stop reading for a minute and rest your eyes; Let's rest our legs.
2. to sleep; to lie or sit quietly in order to get new strength or energy, or because one is tired. Mother is resting at the moment.
3. to (make or allow to) lean, lie, sit, remain etc on or against something. Her head rested on his shoulder; He rested his hand on her arm; Her gaze rested on the jewels.
4. to relax, be calm etc. I will never rest until I know the murderer has been caught.
5. to (allow to) depend on. Our hopes now rest on him, since all else has failed.
6. (with with) (of a duty etc) to belong to. The choice rests with you.
ˈrestful adjective
1. bringing rest. a restful holiday.
2. (of colours, music etc) causing a person to feel calm and relaxed. Some people find blue a restful colour; After a hard day's work, I like to listen to some restful music.
3. relaxed. at rest: The patient seems more restful now.
ˈrestfully adverb
ˈrestfulness noun
ˈrestless adjective
1. always moving; showing signs of worry, boredom, impatience etc. a restless child; He's been doing the same job for years now and he's beginning to get restless.
2. during which a person does not sleep. a restless night.
ˈrestlessly adverb
ˈrestlessness noun
ˈrest-room noun
(American) a toilet in a theatre, factory etc.
at rest
free from pain, worry etc.
come to rest
to stop moving. The ball came to rest under a tree.
lay to rest
to bury (someone) in a grave.
let the matter rest
to stop discussing etc a matter.
rest assured
to be certain. You may rest assured that we will take your views into consideration.
set someone's mind at rest
to take away a person's worries about something.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


قَلِق neklidný hvileløs ruhelos αεικίνητος inquieto levoton agité nemiran irrequieto 落ち着かない 불안한 rusteloos rastløs niespokojny inquieto беспокойный rastlös เบื่อและไม่พอใจ huzursuz bất ổn 不安宁的
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adj inquieto, intranquilo
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