verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of nest
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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
The genus "bodie" is divided into two species—the "harmless bodies" and the "nesty bodies."The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown
Word Origin for nest
Old English nest "bird's nest, snug retreat," also "young bird, brood," from Proto-Germanic *nistaz (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch nest, German Nest), from PIE *nizdo- (cf. Sanskrit nidah "resting place, nest," Latin nidus "nest," Old Church Slavonic gnezdo, Old Irish net, Welsh nyth, Breton nez "nest"), probably from *ni "down" + *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
Used since Middle English in reference to various accumulations of things (e.g. a nest of drawers, early 18c.). Nest egg "retirement savings" is from 1700, originally "a real or artificial egg left in a nest to induce the hen to go on laying there" (c.1600).
see empty nest; feather one's nest; foul one's nest; stir up a hornet's nest.