intransitive verb-·tled, -·tling
- Archaic to build or live in a nest
- to settle down comfortably and snugly
- to draw or press close for comfort or in affection
- to lie sheltered or partly hidden, as a house among trees
Origin of nestleMiddle English nestlen from Old English nestlian: see nest and -le
- to rest or press (a baby, one's head, etc.) in a snug, affectionate manner
- to settle or house as in a nest; shelter
verbnes·tled, nes·tling, nes·tles
- To settle snugly and comfortably: The cat nestled among the pillows.
- To lie in a sheltered position: a cottage that nestles in the wood.
- To draw or press close, as in affection; snuggle: The child nestled up to her mother.
- Archaic To nest.
- To snuggle or press contentedly: The baby nestled its head on my shoulder.
- To place or settle as if in a nest: I nestled the puppy in my arms.
Origin of nestleMiddle English nestlen to make a nest from Old English nestlian from nest nest
(third-person singular simple present nestles, present participle nestling, simple past and past participle nestled)
Old English nestlian, "make a nest", derived from nest+-lian.