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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And a stroll through the City of Light confirms that the art of perfume is still thriving here, with innovative new niche boutiques and storied houses from Guerlain to Annick Goutal nestled behind every glorious Haussmannian corner. Catherine Piercy, Vogue, "The Best Classic French Perfumes of All Time," 29 Apr. 2019 The small bed has a butterfly bush, which really does attract butterflies, and lilies and primroses are nestled around an angel statue in the center. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This idyllic English garden is hiding in plain sight in Old Louisville," 7 June 2018 Lee’s dialogue, nestled there beside some of the greatest comics images ever created, wasn’t astounding on its own. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The larger-than-life huckster dialogue of Stan Lee," 13 Nov. 2018 Each blue body bag is slipped into another mass grave, nestled tightly together to make room for those who will join them in the days to come. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "To Rebuild a Syrian City, Men First Dig Up and Rebury the Dead," 26 Oct. 2018 The banner photo on Ivanka Trump’s Twitter feed shows her holding a baby, tenderly nestled to her heart. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump Said She'd Fight for Women. Where Is She on the Border Crisis?," 20 June 2018 Advertising Watson then caught a break when his tee shot flew into a tree but fell straight down and nestled into a perfect lie. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "Spieth fights back but eliminated on final hole," 29 Mar. 2019 Being in the room feels like nestling into noise-canceling headphones. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 The ball rolled beyond Kershaw's reach and nestled into the grass between first and second. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Kenley Jansen gets back into rhythm, and the Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1 in 10 innings," 9 Apr. 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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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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