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[flej-ling] /ˈflɛdʒ lɪŋ/
a young bird just fledged.
an inexperienced person.
young, new, or inexperienced:
a fledgling diver.
Also, especially British, fledgeling.
Origin of fledgling
First recorded in 1820-30; fledge + -ling1
2. novice, tyro, beginner, freshman, greenhorn. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And the fledgling Arúna knew perfectly well that the Englishman of her alternative was, confessedly—Roy.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • He had not vocalized since fledgling days and his voice had a jarring croak of disuse.

    Traders Risk Roger Dee
  • On August 22 a fledgling was seen following an adult in flight, and was also seen to eat while it was flying.

  • The dwarf explains that he is to Siegfried what the father is to the fledgling.

  • There is not a generous sentiment in his breast; he would not spare the fledgling in the nest.

    Wood Magic Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for fledgling


a young bird that has just fledged
  1. a young and inexperienced or untried person, organization or system
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Word Origin and History for fledgling

1830 (adj.), 1846 as a noun meaning "young bird," from fledge + diminutive suffix -ling. Of persons, from 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fledgling in Science
A young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly and is capable of surviving outside the nest.
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