v. nes·tled, nes·tling, nes·tles
1. To settle snugly and comfortably: The cat nestled among the pillows.
2. To lie in a sheltered position: a cottage that nestles in the wood.
3. To draw or press close, as in affection; snuggle: The child nestled up to her mother.
4. Archaic To nest.
1. To snuggle or press contentedly: The baby nestled its head on my shoulder.
2. To place or settle as if in a nest: I nestled the puppy in my arms.
[Middle English nestlen, to make a nest, from Old English nestlian, from nest, nest.]
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