restless

When you're restless, you find it hard to sit still or concentrate on anything. An audience often grows restless when they're waiting for the second act of a play to start and there's an unexpected delay.

If you think of restless as "unable to rest or relax," you'll know exactly what it means. You might have a restless night if you can't fall asleep and spend hours tossing and turning. A bunch of elementary school kids listening to a boring speech will grow restless in a way that's hard to miss, since they're bound to be squirming in their seats.

Definitions of restless
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adj lacking or not affording physical or mental rest

“a restless night”
Synonyms:
uneasy
Antonyms:
relaxing, reposeful, restful
affording physical or mental rest
slumberous, slumbrous
quiet and tranquil
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adj ceaselessly in motion

“the restless sea”
“the restless wind”
Synonyms:
moving
in motion

adj worried and uneasy

Synonyms:
ungratified, unsatisfied
discontent, discontented
showing or experiencing dissatisfaction or restless longing

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