from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Uneasily impatient under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay.
- adj. Resisting control; difficult to control.
- adj. Refusing to move. Used of a horse or other animal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Impatient under delay, duress, or control.
- adj. Resistant of control; stubborn.
- adj. Refusing to move, especially in a forward direction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Unwilling to go on; obstinate in refusing to move forward; stubborn; drawing back.
- adj. Inactive; sluggish.
- adj. Impatient under coercion, chastisement, or opposition; refractory.
- adj. Uneasy; restless; averse to standing still; fidgeting about; -- applied especially to horses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unwilling to go or to move forward; stopping; balky; obstinate; stubborn. Compare def. 5.
- Not easily moved or worked; stiff.
- Being at rest; being less in motion.
- Impatient under restraint or opposition; recalcitrant.
- Refusing to rest or stand still; restless: said especially of horses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being in a tense state
- adj. impatient especially under restriction or delay
Middle English restif, stationary, from Old French, from rester, to remain, from Latin restāre, to keep back : re-, re- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)