nestling

See also: Nestling

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

 
Three nestlings.

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈnɛstlɪŋ/
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NounEdit

nestling (plural nestlings)

  1. A small, young bird that is still confined to the nest.
    Synonym: quab
  2. (obsolete) A nest; a receptacle.
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Etymology 2Edit

From nestle +‎ -ing.

PronunciationEdit

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 []

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