Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


I need cheerfulness and rest for a long time after this day in town.

I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.

The rest of the estate went to the testator's widow for life, and then to charity.

Now they neared the foot of the shaft where the rest of the party seemed to await them.

Let it go and tuck in your handkerchief like the rest of us.

Unless you do as I bid you, I will keep you in irons for the rest of the voyage!

All sacredness and sweetness, all that was pure and brave and truthful, seemed to rest in her.

At last this lively maiden got Philip away from the rest, and began to cross-question him.

We are now safe again, and I must give the horses a few days' rest.

My horse was completely knocked up, and I was glad to be able to give him a rest.


"sleep," Old English ræste, reste "rest, bed, intermission of labor, mental peace," common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon resta "resting place, burial-place," Dutch rust, Old High German rasta, German Rast "rest, peace, repose"), of uncertain origin.

Original sense seems to be a measure of distance (cf. Old High German rasta, which in addition to "rest" meant "league of miles," Old Norse rost "league, distance after which one rests," Gothic rasta "mile, stage of a journey"), perhaps a word from the nomadic period. Unless the original sense is "repose," thence extended secondarily to "distance between two resting place."

The meaning "support, thing upon which something rests" is attested from 1580s. At rest "dead" is from mid-14c., on the notion of "last rest." Rest stop is from 1973. Colloquial expression to give (something) a rest "to stop talking about it" is first recorded 1927, American English.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.