Etymology
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nestling (n.)

"young bird, bird too young to leave the nest," late 14c., from nest (n.) + diminutive suffix -ling. Compare Middle Dutch nestelinc.

updated on May 25, 2019

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Definitions of nestling from WordNet

nestling (n.)
young bird not yet fledged;
Synonyms: baby bird
nestling (n.)
a young person of either sex;
Synonyms: child / kid / youngster / minor / shaver / nipper / small fry / tiddler / tike / tyke / fry
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