Origin of nestling
verb (used without object), nes·tled, nes·tling.
- to make or have a nest.
- to make one's home; settle in a home.
verb (used with object), nes·tled, nes·tling.
Origin of nestle
Examples from the Web for nestling
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of nestling
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
Word Origin for nestling
Word Origin 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.