nest·​ling | \ ˈnest-liŋ How to pronounce nestling (audio) \

Definition of nestling

: a young bird that has not left the nest

Examples of nestling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Shattuck discovered fishing line tangled around one nestling’s leg and freed the bird. Washington Post, "‘Beautiful noise’: These Bellevue birds are bound for Brazil," 29 July 2019 Return sausage to skillet, nestling among vegetables. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Seared Sausage with Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples," 21 Sep. 2018 If a baby bird is a nestling (three to 10 days old) on the ground, it should be put back into its nest. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Found A Baby Bird? Here's What To Do," 17 June 2018 Milan hit back in the 22nd minute, as Çalhanoğlu caught Pioli out with a 20 yard free kick that flew across the face of goal, bouncing in front of the keeper and nestling into the bottom corner., "AC Milan 5-1 Fiorentina: Red Hot Rossoneri Fightback to Book Place in Europa League Group Stage," 20 May 2018 But this occurs only when birds are nestlings and still maturing. Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "Hot temperatures made these birds shrink," 21 Apr. 2018 The researchers measured levels of the stress hormone corticosterone in adult females and nestlings of the three species at all the nest boxes over three years. Amy Mathews Amos, Scientific American, "Oil- and Gas-Drilling Noise Stresses Birds," 1 Apr. 2018 Scientists transported this male eagle from Wisconsin to New York in 1977 while still a nestling. Douglas Main, Newsweek, "Nation’s Oldest Bald Eagle Found Dead in New York," 17 June 2015 But only 55 percent of the birds successfully raise nestlings to be at least one month old, compared to a national average of 68 percent. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Feisty and territorial falcons fly back to NC mountains. Climbers are getting credit.," 15 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nestling.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nestling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nestling

Dictionary Entries near nestling


nest fungus



nest of tables



Statistics for nestling

Last Updated

6 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nestling

The first known use of nestling was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nestling



English Language Learners Definition of nestling

: a young bird that is not yet able to fly away from the nest


nest·​ling | \ ˈnest-liŋ How to pronounce nestling (audio) \

Kids Definition of nestling

: a young bird not yet able to leave the nest

More from Merriam-Webster on nestling

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for nestling

Nglish: Translation of nestling for Spanish Speakers

Comments on nestling

What made you want to look up nestling? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


authorized for issue (as a bond)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!