restless Definition

  • 1unable to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom
  • 2ceaselessly active or moving

Using restless: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "restless" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The baby was restless and wouldn't sleep.

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    He felt restless and bored with his job.

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    She spent a restless night worrying about the exam.

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    The restless sea pounded against the shore.

restless Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for restless

Idioms Using restless

  • extremely agitated or anxious


    He was as restless as a cat on a hot tin roof waiting for the test results.

  • constantly moving or changing, unable to be still or calm


    Her mind was as restless as the wind, always jumping from one idea to another.

  • feeling trapped or confined, unable to relax or be at ease


    He felt restless as a caged animal in his small apartment.

Phrases with restless

  • a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move one's legs, usually due to discomfort or unpleasant sensations in the legs


    She has been suffering from restless leg syndrome for years.

  • a person who is never satisfied with their current situation and always seeking something more


    He was a restless soul, always looking for new adventures and experiences.

  • an excess of energy that makes a person unable to sit still or relax


    The children had a lot of restless energy after being cooped up inside all day.


Summary: restless in Brief

The term 'restless' [ˈrɛstləs] refers to the inability to rest or relax due to anxiety or boredom. It can also mean ceaselessly active or moving, as in 'The restless sea pounded against the shore.' The phrase 'restless leg syndrome' describes an uncontrollable urge to move one's legs, while 'restless soul' denotes a person who is never satisfied with their current situation. Idioms like 'restless as a cat on a hot tin roof' and 'restless as a caged animal' convey extreme agitation or feeling trapped.

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