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[flejd] /flɛdʒd/
having the plumage or feathers necessary for flight.
having the characteristics of maturity.
Origin of fledged
First recorded in 1570-80; fledge + -ed2


[flej] /flɛdʒ/
verb (used with object), fledged, fledging.
to bring up (a young bird) until it is able to fly.
to furnish with or as if with feathers or plumage.
to provide (an arrow) with feathers.
verb (used without object), fledged, fledging.
(of a young bird) to acquire the feathers necessary for flight.
Archaic. (of young birds) able to fly.
1350-1400; Middle English flegge (fully-)fledged, Old English *flecge, as variant of -flycge; cognate with Old High German flucki, Middle Low German vlügge (> German flügge); akin to fly1
Related forms
fledgeless, adjective Unabridged
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  • When he was fledged I let him out in the room, and so he could exercise his wings.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • Over yonder, in some distant region of Libya, they had been fledged in masses.

    An Iceland Fisherman Pierre Loti
  • So all the spring the little happy creatures chirped and sang, until the nestlings were fledged, and the whole family flew away.

    The Ravens and the Angels Elizabeth Rundle Charles
  • The nests of birds should be taken as soon as the young are fledged and flown.

    The Flea Harold Russell
  • It had long been fledged, but they had clipped its wings and put it in a cage.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • Those procured after the young are fledged are not salable in China.

  • As soon as they are fledged and begin to leave the nest great numbers are destroyed by buzzards, sparrow-hawks, and shrikes.

    Darwinism (1889) Alfred Russel Wallace
  • France goes rolling all around, fledged with forest May has crowned.

    The War Poems Siegfried Sassoon
  • Young, when fledged, like the female, but with the crest shorter.

  • This incident made him 25 years old when this Story was fledged, which was in 1722.

British Dictionary definitions for fledged


(transitive) to feed and care for (a young bird) until it is able to fly
(transitive) Also called fletch. to fit (something, esp an arrow) with a feather or feathers
(intransitive) (of a young bird) to grow feathers
(transitive) to cover or adorn with or as if with feathers
Word Origin
Old English -flycge, as in unflycge unfledged; related to Old High German flucki able to fly; see fly1
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Word Origin and History for fledged



Old English *-flycge (Kentish -flecge),an adjective meaning "having the feathers, fit to fly," from West Germanic *fluggja- (cf. Middle Dutch vlugge, Low German flügge), from root meaning "to fly" (see fly (v.)). As a verb, it is first attested in English 1560s. Related: Fledged; fledging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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