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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Joseph Altuzarra spent his childhood summers in an Italian town by the sea, nestled between Naples and Rome. Vogue, "Joseph Altuzarra Celebrated His MyTheresa Capsule Collection With a SoHo Dinner," 10 Sep. 2019 Vikram will attempt to land in a currently unnamed plateau nestled between the Manzinus C and Simpelius N craters near the moon’s South Pole. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "India Loses Contact With Lander On Final Descent," 6 Sep. 2019 Not satisfied with a mere 50 states, President Donald Trump reportedly has his eyes set on another piece of land: Greenland, the vast Arctic island nestled between North America and Europe. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Trump Reportedly Wants To Buy Greenland. Greenland Says: No, Thank You," 16 Aug. 2019 The apartments, nestled between the House of Blues and the May Co. building, are in a highly visible part of downtown Cleveland that is seeing an apartment boom. Jordyn Grzelewski,, "W.T. Grant Lofts in downtown Cleveland sell for $9.9 million," 15 Aug. 2019 And yet the film exudes a certain charm as we are gradually immersed in the slow rhythms of Vattetot-sur-Mer, a picturesque enclave nestled between the Atlantic and a series of rolling hills as green as the Irish countryside. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A Beautiful Summer' ('Le Bel été'): Film Review," 22 July 2019 Costume Works operates out of a former railway siding warehouse, nestled between the McGrath Highway and commuter-rail tracks. Marella Gayla,, "In Somerville, a powerhouse of custom costume-making for Boston and beyond," 4 July 2019 For years, Jaeger and Darryl Berger, another local developer, had sought to usher a $1.5 billion entertainment district into reality, with retail, housing and nightlife nestled between the Pontchartrain Expressway and the old power plant. Jennifer Larino,, "Market Street power plant has sat vacant for decades. Now there’s a renewed push to develop it.," 11 June 2019 Found by Kepler in 2015, the world nestles in a 33-day orbit around a dim, cool red dwarf star some 110 light-years away, in the constellation of Leo. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Astronomers Find Water on an Exoplanet Twice the Size of Earth," 11 Sep. 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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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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