From Middle English nestelen, nestlen, from Old English nistlan, nestlian, nistlian (“to make or build a nest”), from Proto-Germanic *nistlōną (“to build or occupy a nest; nestle”), equivalent to nest + -le. Cognate with Middle Low German nëstelen (“to build a nest”), Dutch nestelen (“to nest, nestle”).
nestle (third-person singular simple present nestles, present participle nestling, simple past and past participle nestled)
- To settle oneself comfortably and snugly.
- To press oneself against another affectionately.
- To lie half-hidden or in shelter.
- The old shop nestled between the newer apartment buildings.
- Francis Bacon
- Their purpose was to fortify in some strong place of the wild country, and there nestle till succours came.
- (archaic, ornithology) To build or sit upon a nest.
- The kingfisher […] nestles in hollow banks.
- (transitive) To move or place into a comfortable position
- William S. Woodbridge
- She made no answer, but her fingers nervously nestled the leaves of a book.
2010, Sarah Tyler, Panthera Leo and the Call of Destiny, ISBN 1608444279, page 124:
- With as little of movement as possible, Aeon nestled her head closer to his chest, even more inder his chin.
- (to settle oneself comfortably): settle
- (to press oneself against another affectionately): cuddle, snuggle
to settle oneself comfortably and snugly
to press oneself against another affectionately