nester

noun
nest·​er | \ ˈne-stər How to pronounce nester (audio) \

Definition of nester

1 Western US : a homesteader or squatter who takes up land on open range for a farm
2 : one that nests Wood ducks are cavity nesters, setting up shop in holes high in trees.— Howard Youth

Examples of nester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the fictional Massachusetts town of Haddington, empty-nester-in-training Eve stuffs son Brendan’s dorm furnishings into a van outside their house. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Mrs. Fletcher’ HBO review: Kathryn Hahn offers a bracing seriocomic lesson in continuing sex-ed," 25 Oct. 2019 These empty-nesters experienced less symptoms of depression and greater joy in life. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Having kids DOES make you happier, but only after they leave the nest, study finds," 20 Aug. 2019 Other considerations include the quantity of empty-nesters moving to South Florida without their kids, according to a Broward school district report. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Enrollment keeps falling at many public schools. Here’s why.," 6 Sep. 2019 Dear Amy: My wife and I, who have been married 40 years and have raised eight kids, live in Minnesota and are now happy empty-nesters. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Father-in-law wants to issue premarital warning," 10 Sep. 2019 Dear Amy: My wife and I, who have been married 40 years and have raised eight kids, live in Minnesota and are now happy empty-nesters. Ask Amy, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Father wants to know if he should warn future son-in-law about daughter’s behavior," 10 Sep. 2019 Since then, a dearth of financing for new condominium construction, compounded by legal hurdles in some markets, has shifted developers’ focus to rental buildings popular with empty-nesters looking for convenience and flexibility. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "The Latest Housing Hotspot: Downtown and by the River," 6 Dec. 2018 There simply aren't many cheaper housing options in Carmel, a fact that affects empty-nesters, millennials and hospitality workers. Stephen J. Beard, Indianapolis Star, "6 graphics that explain Carmel's affordable housing crunch," 9 Aug. 2019 Seattle has just two left: Halcyon, geared to retirees and empty-nesters who are 55 and older, and the Bella-B Mobile Home Park next door, home mostly to working-class families. Jason Buch, New York Times, "For Seattle’s Last Mobile Home Owners, the Clock Is Ticking," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of nester

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of nester was in 1850

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