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nestling

[nest-ling, nes-ling] /ˈnɛst lɪŋ, ˈnɛs lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a young bird not yet old enough to leave the nest.
2.
a young child or infant.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see nest, -ling1

nestle

[nes-uh l] /ˈnɛs əl/
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.
  1. to make or have a nest.
  2. 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
Related forms
nestler, noun
unnestled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nestling

nestling

/ˈnɛstlɪŋ; ˈnɛslɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. a young bird not yet fledged
  2. (as modifier): a nestling thrush
2.
any young person or animal
Word Origin
C14: from nest + -ling1

nestle

/ˈnɛsəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by up or down) to snuggle, settle, or cuddle closely
2.
(intransitive) to be in a sheltered or protected position; lie snugly
3.
(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 nestling
n.

late 14c., "bird too young to leave the nest," from nest (n.) + diminutive suffix -ling.

nestle

v.

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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