- 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. to sit or lie down in a warm or soft place He hugged her and she nestled against his chest.
- 2[transitive] nestle somebody/something + adv./prep. to put or hold somebody/something in a comfortable position in a warm or soft place He nestled the baby in his arms. She nestled her head against his shoulder.
- 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to be located in a position that is protected, sheltered or partly hidden The little town nestles snugly at the foot of the hill. Word Origin Old English nestlian, from nest; compare with Dutch nestelen.Extra examples She sat back, nestling against his chest. The town nestles comfortably among the hills. a tiny village nestling in a valley
BrE BrE//ˈnesl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnesl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nestle
BrE BrE//ˈnesl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnesl//he / she / it nestles
BrE BrE//ˈneslz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈneslz//past simple nestled
BrE BrE//ˈnesld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnesld//past participle nestled
BrE BrE//ˈnesld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnesld//-ing form nestling
BrE BrE//ˈneslɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈneslɪŋ//