AskDefine | Define restless

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restless adj
1 unable to relax or be still; "a constant fretful stamping of hooves"; "itchy for excitement"; "a restless child" [syn: fidgety, fretful, itchy]
2 worried and uneasy [syn: ungratified, unsatisfied]
3 ceaselessly in motion; "the restless sea"; "the restless wind"
4 marked by a lack of quiet; not conducive to rest; "spent a restless night"; "fell into an uneasy sleep" [syn: uneasy]

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Adjective

  1. Not allowing or affording rest.
    The night before his wedding was a restless one.
  2. Without rest; unable to be still or quiet; uneasy; continually moving.
    He was a restless child.
    She sat, restless and nervous, and tried to concentrate.
  3. Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose; eager for change; discontented.
    A restless ambition.
  4. Deprived of rest or sleep.
    They remained restless, sitting by the window the entire night.

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Restless may refer to:
restless in French: Restless
restless in Italian: Restless

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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