- a young bird not yet ready to leave the nest
- a young child
Origin of nestlingMiddle English (akin to German nestling): see nest and amp; -ling
- A young bird that has not yet left its nest.
- A young child.
- Present participle of nestle.
Variant of nestle
intransitive verbnestled, nestling
- 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 amp; -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