[nes-uh l]

verb (used without object), nes·tled, nes·tling.

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.
  1. to make or have a nest.
  2. to make one's home; settle in a home.

verb (used with object), nes·tled, nes·tling.

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

before 1000; Middle English nestlen, Old English nestlian, cognate with Dutch nestelen. See nest, -le
Related formsnes·tler, nounun·nes·tled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nestle

nuzzle, huddle, snug, bundle, cuddle, snuggle, burrow

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(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
Derived Formsnestler, noun

Word Origin for nestle

Old English nestlian. See nest
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Word Origin and History for nestle

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.

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