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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.
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 nestled
  • Occasionally someone speeds by with an open laptop nestled between elbow and wrist, headed to one of many meetings.
  • Suddenly, waiters appeared carrying large silver trays piled with bottles of champagne nestled in ice.
  • He points to his war club, nestled against his thigh, and then his head.
  • Early automatic watches, nestled in their owners' watch pockets, didn't get bounced around enough to work well.
  • The countryside is lush, with rolling hills, and tea bushes nestled under verdant green trees.
  • The setting is a run-down collection of corrugated aluminum barracks, nestled beneath spectacular sloping green hills.
  • Our neighborhood was nestled in a whole bunch of apple orchards.
  • His house was nestled in the dead end behind our school.
  • Sam can make out, nestled up in the crook of the maple tree, the tree house his father built for him.
  • Lizzie nestled her head in the blanket, and sat down on the steps.
British Dictionary definitions for nestled


(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 nestled



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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