West a squatter or homesteader who settles on open range land
Origin of nesternest () + -er
- One, such as a bird, that nests.
- Western US A squatter, homesteader, or farmer who settles in cattle-grazing territory.
- One who nests.
- (American historical) A person who intends to settle in an area without permanent residents; a settler, as distinct from an explorer or pioneer.