Crossword clues for restive
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Restive \Rest"ive\ (r?st"?v), a. [OF. restif, F. r['e]tif, fr. L. restare to stay back, withstand, resist. See Rest remainder, and cf. Restiff.] . Unwilling to go on; obstinate in refusing to move forward; stubborn; drawing back.
Restive or resty, drawing back, instead of going
forward, as some horses do.
--E. Philips (1658).
The people remarked with awe and wonder that the beasts
which were to drag him [Abraham Holmes] to the gallows
became restive, and went back.
2. Inactive; sluggish. [Obs.]
--Sir T. Browne.
3. Impatient under coercion, chastisement, or opposition; refractory.
4. Uneasy; restless; averse to standing still; fidgeting
about; -- applied especially to horses.
--Trench. [1913 Webster] -- Rest"ive, adv. -- Rest"ive*ness, n.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 15c., restyffe "not moving forward," from Middle French restif "motionless, brought to a standstill" (Modern French rétif), from rester "to remain" (see rest (n.2)). Sense of "unmanageable" (1680s) evolved via notion of a horse refusing to go forward.
a. 1 impatient under delay, duress, or control. 2 resistant of control; stubborn. 3 Refusing to move, especially in a forward direction.
Usage examples of "restive".
Kashet was restive and a little waspish after the long night without food, but in the other pens, Vetch heard hisses and whines, the snapping of jaws, and the curses of the dragon boys.
I observed the rhythms of the night: the fleeting movements of owl and rodent, the scruffles of foraging hedgehogs, the prowling of the restive djinn.
The men were becoming restive, glancing over their shoulders into the empty fields, as though expecting the imminent arrival of Sergeant Murchison and his minions.
Every woman in the train must have been recruited into the dance, because, inside the wagon against which Nostril and I leaned, an unattended and restive baby was bellowing loud enough to drown out even the sonorous Sindi music.
The dog-handler was still in the kitchen, restive but chastened, with his dog, a black Dobermann, lying on the floor and yawning at his feet.
Minogue deduced that Gallagher was restive at having to explain basics to crime ordinary detectives.
Renshaw was restive under the hands that were laid on his arm, and the naboots that threatened him.
Peter sat down slowly, and I sat opposite him, ignoring the restive Nooks and his articled clerk.
The Raiders who had been put into irons were very restive under the infliction, and begged Hill daily to release them.
Rohan quieted the restive Pashta, knowing the stallion was eager for a fight he would not be allowed to joinunless Chay was utterly wrong and they started to lose.
The Army maintained a fort not too far away, but the soldiers were busy keeping an eye on the Sioux and their allies who were becoming increasingly restive, what with the booming gold camps at Bannack and Alder Gulch, Custer's invasion of the Black Hills, and the steady roll of wagon trains over the Bozeman and Laramie trails.
The Army maintained a fort not too far away, but the soldiers were busy keeping an eye on the Sioux and their allies, who were becoming increasingly restive, what with the booming gold camps at Bannack and Alder Gulch, Custer's invasion of the Black Hills, and the steady roll of wagon trains over the Bozeman and Laramie trails.
Thou hast let me fall into a trap, and now dost quiver and quake and shiver and shake like a tub of whey on the back of a restive camel: my kingdom is reduced from twelve provinces to twelve square cubits: my subjects from thirty millions unto three, but Bismillah!
He was watching one of the Docs, who was showing signs of being restive.
Every day they saw more tiles go out in the domed ceil, more decay in the transport systems--and the end of affordable luxuries imported from the restive food allies.