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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.
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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.
Collins COBUILD English Usage © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 2004, 2011, 2012
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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قَلِققَلِق، لا يَناممُضْطَرِب
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bất ổn


[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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References in classic literature ?
They say that terror is a disease, and anyhow I can witness that for several years now a restless fear has dwelt in my mind,--such a restless fear as a half-tamed lion cub may feel.
I got so much money by my first adventure, and such an insight into the method of getting more, that had I been twenty years younger, I should have been tempted to have stayed here, and sought no farther for making my fortune; but what was all this to a man upwards of threescore, that was rich enough, and came abroad more in obedience to a restless desire of seeing the world than a covetous desire of gaining by it?
What startled eyes Uplifted from the restless stream first met The full round glory of the moon!
IN these rapid, restless shadows, Once I walked at eventide, When a gentle, silent maiden, Walked in beauty at my side She alone there walked beside me All in beauty, like a bride.
And Michael's jaw dropped down, his throat vibrated, his forefeet made restless little movements as if in the body he were running, as truly he was running in the mind, back to Steward, back through all the ages to the lost pack, and with the shadowy lost pack itself across the snowy wastes and through the forest aisles in the hunt of the meat.
The audience is supposed to be too dull to comprehend unless something of their own is thrown in by the performers, who therefore indulge in restless movements.
Are those her sails that glance in the Sun, Like restless gossameres!
The horse, which all this time had been uncommonly restless, gave at the same moment a snort of terror and started to run away.
The sun (for he keeps very good hours at this time of the year) had been some time retired to rest when Sophia arose greatly refreshed by her sleep; which, short as it was, nothing but her extreme fatigue could have occasioned; for, though she had told her maid, and perhaps herself too, that she was perfectly easy when she left Upton, yet it is certain her mind was a little affected with that malady which is attended with all the restless symptoms of a fever, and is perhaps the very distemper which physicians mean (if they mean anything) by the fever on the spirits.
As I sit at my window this summer afternoon, hawks are circling about my clearing; the tantivy of wild pigeons, flying by two and threes athwart my view, or perching restless on the white pine boughs behind my house, gives a voice to the air; a fish hawk dimples the glassy surface of the pond and brings up a fish; a mink steals out of the marsh before my door and seizes a frog by the shore; the sedge is bending under the weight of the reed-birds flitting hither and thither; and for the last half-hour I have heard the rattle of railroad cars, now dying away and then reviving like the beat of a partridge, conveying travellers from Boston to the country.
If he had come with me, I should have been very glad to get home again, for he led me such a round of restless dissipation while there, that, in that short space of time, I was quite tired out.
An animal which is hungry is restless, it goes to the places where food is often to be found, it sniffs with its nose or peers with its eyes or otherwise increases the sensitiveness of its sense-organs; as soon as it is near enough to food for its sense-organs to be affected, it goes to it with all speed and proceeds to eat; after which, if the quantity of food has been sufficient, its whole demeanour changes it may very likely lie down and go to sleep.