Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or condition of being restless; an inability to be still, quiet, at peace or comfortable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being restless, in any sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay
  • n. a feeling of agitation expressed in continual motion
  • n. inability to rest or relax or be still
  • n. the quality of being ceaselessly moving or active

Etymologies

restless +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Is there no excuse then for what they call my restlessness? ...

    The Younger Set

  • I am hopeful that this means I will be well enough to climb tomorrow, because it's been four days since I exercised significantly, and restlessness is setting in.

    can't seem to loosen my grip on the past

  • I guess a certain amount of creative restlessness is a good thing, but I wonder if other composers/writers/creative types have this problem.

    Ariettes oubliées

  • There always must be a certain restlessness and friction when two peoples are closely connected in one government.

    Will Britain Retain India?

  • Among the more astute there was a certain restlessness, -- an impatience at the restraint of the traces, an indecisive quickness of movement, a sniffing of snouts and pricking of ears.

    An Odyssey of the North

  • I cannot light upon the passage in the Odyssey, where Penelope's restlessness is compared to the nightingale's, but I am sure it is only as to restlessness that he makes the comparison.

    Rural Hours

  • Lolling around in a state of restlessness is one of life’s greatest luxuries — one not available to creatures that spend all their time pursuing mere survival.

    Boredom

  • By including the data on "nervousness" in Halcion's package insert-but making no mention of "restlessness" - Upjohn effectively obliterates affected patients and (intentionally or not) improves the drug's side-effect profile.

    More Halcion Headaches

  • I mark this animated sentence with peculiar pleasure, as a noble instance of that truly dignified spirit of freedom which ever glowed in his heart, though he was charged with slavish tenets by superficial observers; because he was at all times indignant against that false patriotism, that pretended love of freedom, that unruly restlessness, which is inconsistent with the stable authority of any good government.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • Some patients have an idiosyncratic response to cyclic antidepressants that are potent serotonin uptake blockers e.g., fluoxetine and develop a syndrome characterized by restlessness, hyperreflexia, myoclonus, insomnia, diaphoresis, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

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  • When the half light makes for a clearer view
    Sleep a little more if you want to
    But restlessness has seized me now, it's true
    I could watch the dreams flicker in your eyes
    Lying here asleep on a sunbeam
    I wonder if you realize you fascinate me so.


    (Asleep on a sunbeam, by Belle and Sebastian)

    December 30, 2008