verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of nest
Examples from the Web for nest
Contemporary Examples of nest
Unlike Brunner, Remer was itinerant, and spent much time in that other nest of postwar Nazis—Cairo.Hitler’s Henchmen in Arabia
December 7, 2014
Mark Reay is a handsome model-turned-photographer who is homeless, living in a secret ‘nest’ on top of an apartment building.This Fashion World Darling Is Homeless
December 2, 2014
And an eaglet does not start off flying from the ground, but from the nest.
The two eaglets almost certainly would have died after a big storm wrecked their nest last year.
He found one, a male, maybe 50 yards from the nest with no obvious injuries.
Historical Examples of nest
The guillemot makes no nest, merely laying a single egg on a ledge.Yorkshire Painted And Described
The Egret settled to her nest again and the Pelican went on with the story.The Trail Book
She was shaking the nest of a field mouse from one of the side pockets.Her Father's Daughter
How sweetly he sang to the mother bird while she sat upon the nest!Opera Stories from Wagner
You saw no Sammons in that damned snake's nest, I'll be bound!In the Valley
Word Origin for nest
Old English nest "bird's nest, snug retreat," also "young bird, brood," from Proto-Germanic *nistaz (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch nest, German Nest), from PIE *nizdo- (cf. Sanskrit nidah "resting place, nest," Latin nidus "nest," Old Church Slavonic gnezdo, Old Irish net, Welsh nyth, Breton nez "nest"), probably from *ni "down" + *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
Used since Middle English in reference to various accumulations of things (e.g. a nest of drawers, early 18c.). Nest egg "retirement savings" is from 1700, originally "a real or artificial egg left in a nest to induce the hen to go on laying there" (c.1600).
see empty nest; feather one's nest; foul one's nest; stir up a hornet's nest.