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
  1. adjective
    lacking or not affording physical or mental rest
    “a restless night”
    synonyms: uneasy
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    relaxing, reposeful, restful
    affording physical or mental rest
    slumberous, slumbrous
    quiet and tranquil
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  2. adjective
    ceaselessly in motion
    “the restless sea”
    “the restless wind”
    in motion
  3. adjective
    worried and uneasy
    synonyms: ungratified, unsatisfied
    discontent, discontented
    showing or experiencing dissatisfaction or restless longing
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