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Variant of restiff.


resty (comparative more resty, superlative most resty)

  1. (now regional) Restive. [from 16th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.8:
      In vaine the Pagan bannes, and sweares, and rayles, / And backe with both his hands unto him hayles / The resty raynes []
  2. (now regional) Disposed to rest; inactive, lazy. [from 16th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, New York, 2001, p.218:
      [] all [beef] is rejected and unfit for such as lead a resty life, anyways inclined to melancholy, or dry of complexion []