verb nes·tle \ˈne-səl\

: to lie comfortably close to or against someone or something

: to place (something) close to, next to, or within something

: to land or settle softly into something

nes·tlednes·tling \-s(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of NESTLE

intransitive verb
archaic :  nest 1
:  to settle snugly or comfortably
:  to lie in an inconspicuous or sheltered manner
transitive verb
:  to settle, shelter, or house in or as if in a nest <the children were nestled all snug in their beds — Clement Moore>
:  to press closely and affectionately <nestles a kitten in her arms>
nes·tler \-s(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of NESTLE

  1. He nestled his head against his mother's shoulder.
  2. She carefully nestled the hamster into its cage.
  3. The fly ball nestled into the outfielder's glove.

Origin of NESTLE

Middle English, from Old English nestlian, from nest
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to NESTLE

cuddle, nuzzle, snoozle [chiefly dialect], snuggle

Rhymes with NESTLE

NESTLE Defined for Kids


verb nes·tle \ˈne-səl\
nes·tlednes·tling \ˈnes-liŋ, -ə-liŋ\

Definition of NESTLE for Kids

:  to lie close and snug :  cuddle
:  to be located snugly or in a place not easily noticed <The village nestles in a valley.>


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