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

intransitive verb

archaic : nest sense 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 bedsClement Moore
: to press closely and affectionately
nestles a kitten in her arms
nestler noun

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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Word History


Middle English, from Old English nestlian, from nest

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Nestle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


nes·​tle ˈnes-əl How to pronounce nestle (audio)
nestled; nestling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce nestle (audio)
: to lie close and snug : cuddle
: to settle as if in a nest
nestler noun

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