- a young bird not yet old enough to leave the nest.
- a young child or infant.
Origin of nestling
- to lie close and snug, like a bird in a nest; snuggle or cuddle.
- to lie or be located in a sheltered spot; be naturally or pleasantly situated: a cottage nestling in a pine grove.
- to make or have a nest.
- to make one's home; settle in a home.
- to settle or ensconce snugly: He nestled himself into the hay for a short nap.
- to put or press confidingly or affectionately: She nestled her head on his shoulder.
- to provide with or settle in a nest, as a bird.
Origin of nestle
Examples from the Web for nestling
William did so like a true professional, nestling the mercifully quiet baby comfortably in the crook of his arm.Is Kate Pregnant? William and Kate Amp Up the Baby Speculation
April 27, 2012
Lay the baccalà chunks on top of the caramelized onions, nestling in all the chunks in one layer.Salt Cod, Scampi, Filet of Grouper
The Daily Beast
December 23, 2008
The pigeons were roosting and nestling all over her, on her hands, her waist, and her shoulders.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
"I'm too happy to be teased, Eric," she answered, nestling to his side.The Education of Eric Lane
"Ah, thou canst not," she whispered, nestling closer to him.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
He obeyed, and she swung back again, nestling into the curve of his arm.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
"I daresay not," she confessed, nestling the more closely in his arras.Gilian The Dreamer
- a young bird not yet fledged
- (as modifier)a nestling thrush
- any young person or animal
- (intr; often foll by up or down) to snuggle, settle, or cuddle closely
- (intr) to be in a sheltered or protected position; lie snugly
- (tr) to shelter or place snugly or partly concealed, as in a nest
Word Origin and History for nestling
Old English nestlian "build a nest," from nest (see nest (n.)). Figurative sense of "settle (oneself) comfortably, snuggle" is first recorded 1540s. Related: Nestled; nestling.