nestling

nestling

[nest-ling, nes-ling]

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see nest, -ling1

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nestle

[nes-uhl]
verb (used without object), nestled, nestling.
1.
to lie close and snug, like a bird in a nest; snuggle or cuddle.
2.
to lie or be located in a sheltered spot; be naturally or pleasantly situated: a cottage nestling in a pine grove.
3.
Archaic.
a.
to make or have a nest.
b.
to make one's home; settle in a home.
verb (used with object), nestled, nestling.
4.
to settle or ensconce snugly: He nestled himself into the hay for a short nap.
5.
to put or press confidingly or affectionately: She nestled her head on his shoulder.
6.
to provide with or settle in a nest, as a bird.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English nestlen, Old English nestlian, cognate with Dutch nestelen. See nest, -le

nestler, noun
unnestled, adjective
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nestle (ˈnɛsəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr; often foll by up or down) to snuggle, settle, or cuddle closely
2.  (intr) to be in a sheltered or protected position; lie snugly
3.  (tr) to shelter or place snugly or partly concealed, as in a nest
 
[Old English nestlian. See nest]
 
'nestler
 
n

nestling (ˈnɛstlɪŋ, ˈnɛslɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a.  a young bird not yet fledged
 b.  (as modifier): a nestling thrush
2.  any young person or animal
 
[C14: from nest + -ling1]

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nestle
O.E. nestlian "build a nest," from nest (see nest). Figurative sense of "settle (oneself) comfortably, snuggle" is first recorded 1547.

nestling
1399, "bird too young to leave the nest," from nest (q.v.) + dim. suffix -ling.
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