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nestle

[ nes-uhl ]
/ ˈnɛs əl /
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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.
Archaic.
  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.
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Origin of nestle

before 1000; Middle English nestlen,Old English nestlian, cognate with Dutch nestelen.See nest, -le

OTHER WORDS FROM nestle

nestler, nounun·nes·tled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nestle

nestle
/ (ˈnɛsəl) /

verb
(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 forms of nestle

nestler, noun

Word Origin for nestle

Old English nestlian. See nest
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