Nestling



[nest-ling, nes-ling] /ˈnɛst lɪŋ, ˈnɛs lɪŋ/

noun
1.
a young bird not yet old enough to leave the .
2.
a young child or infant.
[nes-uh l] /ˈnɛs əl/
verb (used without object), nestled, nestling.
1.
to lie close and snug, like a bird in a nest; snuggle or cuddle.
2.
to lie or be located in a sheltered spot; be naturally or pleasantly situated:
a cottage nestling in a pine grove.
3.
Archaic.

verb (used with object), nestled, nestling.
4.
to settle or ensconce snugly:
He nestled himself into the hay for a short nap.
5.
to put or press confidingly or affectionately:
She nestled her head on his shoulder.
6.
to provide with or settle in a nest, as a bird.
/ˈnɛstlɪŋ; ˈnɛslɪŋ/
noun
1.

2.
any young person or animal
/ˈnɛsəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by up or down) to snuggle, settle, or cuddle closely
2.
(intransitive) to be in a sheltered or protected position; lie snugly
3.
(transitive) to shelter or place snugly or partly concealed, as in a nest
n.

late 14c., “bird too young to leave the nest,” from nest (n.) + diminutive suffix -ling.
v.

Old English nestlian “build a nest,” from nest (see nest (n.)). Figurative sense of “settle (oneself) comfortably, snuggle” is first recorded 1540s. Related: Nestled; nestling.

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