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nestling

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English nestling, equivalent to nest +‎ -ling.

NounEdit

nestling (plural nestlings)

  1. A small bird that is still confined to the nest.
  2. (obsolete) A nest; a receptacle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From nestle +‎ -ing.

VerbEdit

nestling

  1. Present participle of nestle.

NounEdit

nestling (plural nestlings)

  1. The act of one who nestles.
    • 1871, Kate Neely Hill Festetits, Actions speak louder than words
      It was associated, to them, with vague sweet memories of loving nestlings in mother's arms, of soft warm coddlings before the fire, of slow rocking to and fro in the little, low, flag chair, and gradual droppings off to sleep []