nestling

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

nestling (plural nestlings)

  1. A small bird that is still confined to the nest.
  2. (obsolete) A nest; a receptacle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From nestle +‎ -ing.

Verb[edit]

nestling

  1. Present participle of nestle.

Noun[edit]

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 []