nestle (v.)

Middle English nestlen, from Old English nestlian "build a nest, make or live in a (bird's) nest," from nest (see nest (n.)) + suffix -el (3). Figurative sense of "settle (oneself) comfortably, snuggle" is recorded by 1540s. In Middle English also "take shelter as if in a nest." Related: Nestled; nestling.

updated on May 25, 2019

Definitions of nestle from WordNet
nestle (v.)
move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position;
Synonyms: cuddle / snuggle / nest / nuzzle / draw close
nestle (v.)
lie in a sheltered position;
The little cottage nestles in the forest
nestle (v.)
position comfortably;
The baby nestled her head in her mother's elbow
Synonyms: snuggle
nestle (n.)
a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace;
Synonyms: cuddle / snuggle
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