nest (noun, verb) past tense: nested LISTEN
A nest is a structure made of twigs, grass and mud, prepared by animals to hold eggs and raise young.
- The hen sat in the nest until the eggs hatched.
- There is a hornet's nest in the tree in the backyard.
A nest is also a comfortable place to retreat.
- After a hard day of work, Rachel goes home to her nest and reads mysteries.
Nest also means ‘to build or have a nest.’
- Every spring the geese nest around the lake.
Nest also means ‘to fit together or within one another.’
- The bowls nest for easy storage.
nest egg: money saved for the future. Example: “The couple used their nest egg to pay for the new car.”
nesting instinct: the urge to clean and organize. Example: “Many pregnant women have the nesting instinct right before giving birth.”
Did you know?
A cuckoo is a bird, but in American slang, cuckoo means ‘crazy.’ So, it follows that a cuckoo’s nest is a mental institution.
In pop culture
The classic movie, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is about a criminal, who is not mentally ill, but chooses to serve his sentence in a mental institution because he thinks it will be easier than serving in prison. What could go wrong? Watch the trailer.