nestle

verb
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

Synonyms

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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One of the area’s best outdoor summer movie destinations is in a park nestled behind a Giant. Washington Post, "24 things to do in the D.C. area this Fourth of July holiday weekend," 3 July 2019 In the living space, shelf seating along one side pulls out to become a bed, with the cushions nestled side-by-side to create a comfy mattress. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "How Newlyweds Turned a Van into the Cutest Tiny Home Ever," 2 July 2019 Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch, nestled below the towering Bulldog Cliffs just beneath the dam that forms Saguaro Lake, offers two unguided kayaking trips: one about two hours, the other nearly five. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 As another fire season looms, here in the small city of Grass Valley, as in much of Gold Country where historic mining towns nestle up to sprawling, wooded mountains, things are different this year. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Fearful of being the next Paradise, Grass Valley confronts its fire vulnerability," 30 June 2019 The disturbing photograph of him floating in the river with his baby’s body tenderly nestled underneath his T-shirt tells us so. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The drowning of father and daughter crossing the Rio Grande shows migrants’ desperation for asylum, and U.S. determination not to grant it.," 26 June 2019 Randy De Luca, 70, sits on a bench nearby, his shoulder-length gray hair pulled straight back, an Epiphone guitar nestled across his lap. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 The Inn sits nestled within a residential area of inland San Diego County, an oasis among housing tracts. Sherry Stern, Orange County Register, "Great Escape: It’s always inn season at Rancho Bernardo," 14 June 2019 Although Stoner is the probably top spot for street-style skate parks, the Eastside's El Sereno skate park, nestled under a bucolic hillside, offers street skating with a relaxed vibe. Barbara Odanaka, latimes.com, "A guide to L.A.’s best skate parks," 7 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for nestle

nestle

verb

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

nestle

verb
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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