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nest

[ nest ]
/ nɛst /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to settle or place (something) in or as if in a nest: to nest dishes in straw.
to fit or place one within another: to nest boxes for more compact storage.

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

nesselrode, karl robert, count, nessie, nessler's reagent, nesslerize, nessus, nest, nest box, nest egg, nest of drawers, nesta, nested

Origin of nest

before 900; Middle English, Old English (cognate with Dutch, German nest; akin to Latin nīdus nest, Old Irish net, Welsh nyth, Sanskrit nīḍa lair) ≪ Indo-European *nizdo- bird's nest, equivalent to *ni down (see nether) + *zd-, variant of *sd-, ablaut variant of *sed-, v. base meaning “sit” (see sit1) + *-o- theme vowel
Related formsnest·a·ble, adjectivenest·er, nounnest·like, adjectivenest·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nesty

  • Repose by small fatigue is earned, and Weariness can snore upon the flint, when nesty Sloth, finds a down pillow hard.

    The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life|William Kitchiner
  • The genus "bodie" is divided into two species—the "harmless bodies" and the "nesty bodies."

British Dictionary definitions for nesty

nest

/ (nɛst) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsnester, nounnestlike, adjective

Word Origin for nest

Old English; related to Latin nīdus (nest) and to beneath, sit
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Idioms and Phrases with nesty

nest


see empty nest; feather one's nest; foul one's nest; stir up a hornet's nest.

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