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[nes-uh l] /ˈnɛs əl/
verb (used without object), nestled, nestling.
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.
  1. to make or have a nest.
  2. to make one's home; settle in a home.
verb (used with object), nestled, nestling.
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.
Origin of nestle
before 1000; Middle English nestlen, Old English nestlian, cognate with Dutch nestelen. See nest, -le
Related forms
nestler, noun
unnestled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nestle
  • Traditional buds nestle gently into your ear-hole, and usually have some sort of rubber tip to secure them there.
  • It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connexions everywhere.
  • Red-roofed villages nestle in the folds of hills and along river valleys.
  • Conversely, at depths where little sunlight penetrates, the algae nestle right inside the coral's pigment bundles.
  • It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere.
British Dictionary definitions for nestle


(intransitive; often foll by up or down) to snuggle, settle, or cuddle closely
(intransitive) to be in a sheltered or protected position; lie snugly
(transitive) to shelter or place snugly or partly concealed, as in a nest
Derived Forms
nestler, noun
Word Origin
Old English nestlian. See nest
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Word Origin and History 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.

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