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From Middle English restles, restelees, from Old English ræstlēas, equivalent to rest +‎ -less.


  • enPR: rĕstʹlĭs, IPA(key): /ˈɹɛstlɪs/
  • (file)
  • (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛstləs/
  • Hyphenation: rest‧less


restless (comparative more restless, superlative most restless)

  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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