- characterized by inability to rest or relax; uneasy; unquiet
- having or giving no rest or relaxation; disturbed or disturbing: restless sleep
- never or almost never quiet or still; always active or inclined to action
- seeking change; discontented
Philip was nervous and restless while awaiting news about his wife's surgery.
When you cannot sit down and are pacing around, this is an example of a time when you are restless.
- Characterized by a lack of quiet, repose, or rest: spent a restless night.
- Not able to rest, relax, or be still: a restless child.
- Having or showing a persistent desire for change or action: “A restless feeling of guilt would always be present with him” ( James Joyce )
- Never still or motionless: the restless sea.
(comparative more restless, superlative most restless)
- Not allowing or affording rest.
- The night before his wedding was a restless one.
- 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.
- Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose; eager for change; discontented.
- A restless ambition.
- Deprived of rest or sleep.
- They remained restless, sitting by the window the entire night.
rest +"Ž -less
- She soon grew too restless to sit still and paced.
- She wandered the mansion as she often did, restless and starving.
- She had arrived with eight uneasy, restless men.
- She is restless at night and has no appetite.
- She flung herself onto the bed again, restless and scared.