nest-ripe

dudasd

Senior Member
Serbo-Croatian
I found the explanation of this term in the context of hens, but I'd like to know what it means when it's used for a young woman. Thanks in advance!
 
  • lucas-sp

    Senior Member
    English - Californian
    Presumably it means the same thing as it does for hens.

    Sorry, but "nest-ripe" is not a very common English term. It's very hard to talk about it in the abstract. If you could give the hen-centric explanation, and provide the context in which you saw this term being applied to young women, we could probably help you understand the metaphor better.
     

    dudasd

    Senior Member
    Serbo-Croatian
    I should avoid quoting, for it's from a text that hasn't been published yet (and some sentences may be different in the final version), but I can try to retell it: the author is comparing two young women. One is still unmarried and promising to be beautiful, but her beauty is still in bud. The other one is described as of a more mature and refined beauty, nest-ripe and willowy. Just that.
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    It is a new phrase but instantly understandable - the woman wants/is ready for a man, home and children. She is ready to nest.
     
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