[ nes-uhl ]
See synonyms for: nestlenestlednestling on

verb (used without object),nes·tled, nes·tling.
  1. to lie close and snug, like a bird in a nest; snuggle or cuddle.

  2. to lie or be located in a sheltered spot; be naturally or pleasantly situated: a cottage nestling in a pine grove.

  1. Archaic.

    • to make or have a nest.

    • to make one's home; settle in a home.

verb (used with object),nes·tled, nes·tling.
  1. to settle or ensconce snugly: He nestled himself into the hay for a short nap.

  2. to put or press confidingly or affectionately: She nestled her head on his shoulder.

  1. 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

Other words from nestle

  • nestler, noun
  • un·nes·tled, adjective

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How to use nestle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nestle


/ (ˈnɛsəl) /

  1. (intr; often foll by up or down) to snuggle, settle, or cuddle closely

  2. (intr) to be in a sheltered or protected position; lie snugly

  1. (tr) to shelter or place snugly or partly concealed, as in a nest

Origin of nestle

Old English nestlian. See nest

Derived forms of nestle

  • nestler, noun

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