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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.


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


(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.
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.


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.
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"



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


[ˈrɛstləs] adj
(= bored and impatient) → agité(e)
to get restless → s'agiter
(= fidgety) → agité(e)


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


[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'?


(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.


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


adj inquieto, intranquilo
References in classic literature ?
Jo put her arm round her and, leaning cheek to cheek, read also, with the quiet expression so seldom seen on her restless face.
Their restless activity, like unto the beating of the wings of an imprisoned bird, had given him his name.
She was a restless, headstrong girl, even then, who liked to astonish her friends.
The moon was coming up, and its mystic shimmer was casting a million lights across the distant, restless water.
While, in the pursuit of their daring plans of annoyance, the restless enterprise of the French even attempted the distant and difficult gorges of the Alleghany, it may easily be imagined that their proverbial acuteness would not overlook the natural advantages of the district we have just described.
It was an uncomfortable sensation that left him restless because, as he appreciated, it needed expression, an outlet.
But if she were a long while absent he became pettish and nervously restless, pacing the room to and fro with the uncertainty that characterized all his movements; or else would sit broodingly in his great chair, resting his head on his hands, and evincing life only by an electric sparkle of ill-humor, whenever Hepzibah endeavored to arouse him.
I mention this peaceful spot with all possible laud for it is in such little retired Dutch valleys, found here and there embosomed in the great State of New York, that population, manners, and customs remain fixed, while the great torrent of migration and improvement, which is making such incessant changes in other parts of this restless country, sweeps by them unobserved.
We had left Miles indoors, on the red cushion of a deep window seat; he had wished to finish a book, and I had been glad to encourage a purpose so laudable in a young man whose only defect was an occasional excess of the restless.
The original iron entered nigh the tail, and, like a restless needle sojourning in the body of a man, travelled full forty feet, and at last was found imbedded in the hump.
Besides the soreness in my mouth, and the pain in my neck, it always made my windpipe feel bad, and if I had stopped there long I know it would have spoiled my breathing; but I grew more and more restless and irritable, I could not help it; and I began to snap and kick when any one came to harness me; for this the groom beat me, and one day, as they had just buckled us into the carriage, and were straining my head up with that rein, I began to plunge and kick with all my might.
She was one of the blackest of her race; and her round shining eyes, glittering as glass beads, moved with quick and restless glances over everything in the room.