nes·​tle | \ ˈne-səl How to pronounce nestle (audio) \
nestled; nestling\ ˈne-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce nestling (audio) \

Definition of nestle

intransitive verb

1 archaic : nest sense 1
2 : to settle snugly or comfortably
3 : to lie in an inconspicuous or sheltered manner

transitive verb

1 : to settle, shelter, or house in or as if in a nest the children were nestled all snug in their beds— Clement Moore
2 : to press closely and affectionately nestles a kitten in her arms

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Other Words from nestle

nestler \ ˈne-​s(ə-​)lər How to pronounce nestler (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for nestle


cuddle, nuzzle, snoozle [chiefly dialect], snuggle

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Examples of nestle in a Sentence

He nestled his head against his mother's shoulder. She carefully nestled the hamster into its cage. The fly ball nestled into the outfielder's glove.
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That is certainly the case for Hotel Le Sereno, the chic, upscale hideaway nestled on Grand Cul-de-Sac, a turquoise lagoon that also happens to be a protected nature reserve. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... Le Sereno St. Barts," 1 Feb. 2019 Around Prospect Avenue, however, where public housing built in an eccentric neo-Tudor style nestles alongside Dominican bakeries, and stout women stand on the pavement selling books about God’s grace, most people have an opinion on the president. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 Now in his 80s, Johnson has been sculpting life-like figures for over 45 years, many of which are placed nestled into the landscapes of public parks and private estates. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 Ekapol Chanthawong, his assistant, was to take the younger boys to a soccer field nestled by the Doi Nang Non mountain range, a formation with numerous waterfalls and caves that straddles the Thai-Myanmar border. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘He loved them more than himself’: How a 25-year-old former monk kept the Thai soccer team alive," 7 July 2018 The wooden lid doubles as a cutting board that can be nestled snugly onto the base—which in turn doubles as a stash spot for the propane canister. $200 Looking for more? Joe Ray, WIRED, "5 Pieces of Primo Meal-Prep Gear for the Campsite Gourmet," 6 July 2018 Wilder is an urban city of more than 3,000 residents nestled along Ky. 9 between Newport and I-275. Chris Mayhew,, "Suspect in random Wilder home shooting still on loose," 14 June 2018 And fans certainly do, too: Scroll through Instagram and you’ll see your best friend’s selfie nestled between posts from your favorite singer and and an actor in a must-watch TV show. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson's Instagram Post About Mental Health Is a Reminder Not to Harass Celebs Online," 17 Dec. 2018 Along the way, humanity made contact with numerous other aliens, and wound up nestled between two hostile alien factions. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Nightflyers’ showrunner explains why George R.R. Martin’s massive worlds are ideal for TV," 2 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of nestle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nestle

Middle English, from Old English nestlian, from nest

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The first known use of nestle was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of nestle

: 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·​tle | \ ˈne-səl How to pronounce nestle (audio) \
nestled; nestling\ ˈnes-​liŋ , -​ə-​liŋ \

Kids Definition of nestle

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

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