Definition of nestle in English:



  • 1no object, with adverbial of place Settle or lie comfortably within or against something.

    ‘the baby nestled in her arms’
    with object ‘she nestled her head against his shoulder’
    • ‘Equally inevitably I would be found nestling in the safe, comforting arms of my aunt in her kitchen.’
    • ‘There is even a Thompson mouse nestling within one of the upper panels of the heavy iron-studded double doors of St William's College.’
    • ‘Industrialism's strident emergent element nestles comfortably in a cosy neo-pastoralist structure of feeling.’
    • ‘He's comfortable like this, lying against an array of chenille pillows while the woman in his arms nestles against him.’
    • ‘She leaned against him, nestling in as he put his arm around her.’
    • ‘Barefoot and cross-legged, she nestles into a well-worn couch in the comfortable study-cum-studio that husband Tony de Beer built for her at their Westdene house.’
    • ‘There is a more or less serious argument about contemporary culture nestling within this gleeful demolition job, but it does not become apparent until about halfway through the narrative.’
    • ‘After a couple of weeks they have enough fur to survive the cold temperatures, and will often huddle together or nestle up to the doe to stay warm.’
    • ‘When the military's precision flying teams put on a demonstration, pilots often nestle their fighter jets within two or three feet of each other as they roar by in formation.’
    • ‘The Waiters household contains many of the traditional trappings of sentimental bliss: Women nestle snugly at home and babies merrily roll about.’
    • ‘She had done that through-out the night when we'd woken up and she'd wanted to nestle back into my arms.’
    • ‘It would be wrong to either rush to condemn the incumbent for increasing our visibility as a target, or to nestle in the comforting bosom of a father figure.’
    • ‘Five or six birds - doves, robins, bluebirds - had perched on the windowsill, and were affectionately nestling against her hands and arms.’
    • ‘Just as I was dozing off, scrambled eggs nestling comfortably in my tummy and my brain relaxing into a deep and beautiful slumber, my sister called.’
    • ‘He looked away as he felt her head nestle comfortably into his neck.’
    • ‘R. Crumb nestles in his wife's amused arms to escape being photographed.’
    • ‘Katlyn nestled into his arms and rested her head on his chest.’
    • ‘Faux fur is everywhere for autumn, nestling comfortably alongside leather, suede and sheepskin on the rails.’
    • ‘Small beings that eat wood are nestled deeply and comfortably in a dead tree trunk.’
    • ‘Mrs Grey Dove now has small brown hopping babies that nestle under her maternal wings at night.’
    snuggle, cuddle, cuddle up, curl up, huddle, nuzzle, settle, lie close, burrow
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    1. 1.1 (of a place) be situated in a half-hidden or sheltered position.
      ‘picturesque villages nestle in the wooded hills’
      • ‘Twenty six villages of ethnic minorities nestle within the Doi Tung development area.’
      • ‘The tiny village of Clonegal nestles in a picturesque valley, deep in the lush, rolling countryside where counties Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow meet.’
      • ‘The emerald green plateau of playing fields nestling between the towns of Beith and Kilbirnie is the sort of lakeside greenbelt site most junior rugby clubs can only dream of.’
      • ‘There will be many complaints about the noise, danger and disturbance yet again of construction work traffic impinging on the sleepy area nestling by a perfect spot on the River Wharfe.’
      • ‘Situated around 160 miles south of Scotland with a third of its land nestling in the Peak District, it seems something of a surprise that Sheffield has become one of a few cities in the world to have its own tartan.’
      • ‘The next day she said the landscape as they cruised along the River Rhine was very picturesque with little villages nestling in the hills.’
      • ‘It is a town happily nestling in its quiet natural environment.’
      • ‘Lahardane is a picturesque village nestling at the foot of Nephin and easily accessible from all major North Mayo areas.’
      • ‘Oxford is a much larger city and has, lying beyond the ring road, heavy industrial areas nestling next to one of Europe's largest housing estates.’
      • ‘Throughout the sector, as in other areas of southern Lebanon, small mainly Shiite villages nestle in the valleys.’
      • ‘She said the government had invested a lot in the resort's security which is a popular tourist destination nestling in the azure waters of the Sulu Sea.’
      • ‘On St. Patrick's Day the world descended on the little town of Aclare nestling at the foot of the Ox Mountains.’
      • ‘His sensitivity to surroundings is demonstrated by the Archaeolink Visitor Centre in Aberdeenshire, where a public gateway to the area's historic sites nestles into the landscape.’
      • ‘Sally drives across the Bridge to the northern suburbs, where hi-tech businesses and call centres nestle along the highway.’
      • ‘The houses would nestle on the comfortable laneway that has been signed for many years as Sussex Mews.’
      • ‘Fortunately he would find not a latter-day Sodom or Gomorrah just a delightful little village nestling at the southern edge of the moors.’
      • ‘The village would nestle on a massive brownfield site between Sheffield and Rotherham and is expected to bring a raft of social, economic and environmental benefits to the area.’
      • ‘Thorpe End is a small village on the eastern outskirts of Norwich, probably best described as a three-car-household estate nestling round an Aga shop.’
      • ‘Killick-Claw is ostensibly a gentle place nestling in the lee of the angry Newfoundland coast, but it quickly becomes apparent that there are darker forces at play under the surface.’
      • ‘The house occupies an elevated position with wide views of forests and farms nestling among the hills of the region.’


Old English nestlian, from nest; compare with Dutch nestelen.