(noun, verb)


1. a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young

Definition categories: object

2. a kind of gun emplacement

- a machine-gun nest

- a nest of snipers

Definition categories: man–made

3. a cosy or secluded retreat

Definition categories: location, retreat

4. a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality

- a nest of thieves

Definition categories: group, gang, mob, pack, ring

5. furniture pieces made to fit close together

Definition categories: man–made, furniture

Sentences with nest as a noun:

- That nightclub is a nest of strange people!

- I am aspiring to leave the nest.

- I was forced to change trumps when I found the ace, jack, and nine of diamonds in the nest.


1. inhabit a nest, usually after building

- birds are nesting outside my window every Spring

Definition categories: stative, dwell, inhabit, live, populate

2. fit together or fit inside

- nested bowls

Definition categories: contact, embed, engraft, imbed, implant, plant

3. move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position

Similar word(s): cuddle, nestle, nuzzle, snuggle

Definition categories: contact, clutch

4. gather nests

Definition categories: contact, collect, garner, gather

Sentences with nest as a verb:

- We loved the new house and were nesting there in two days!

- I bought a set of nesting mixing bowls for my mother.

- There would be much more room in the attic if you had nested all the empty boxes.