- having the plumage or feathers necessary for flight.
- having the characteristics of maturity.
Origin of fledged
- 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.
- (of a young bird) to acquire the feathers necessary for flight.
- Archaic. (of young birds) able to fly.
Origin of fledge
Examples from the Web for fledged
When he was fledged I let him out in the room, and so he could exercise his wings.Hortus Inclusus
Over yonder, in some distant region of Libya, they had been fledged in masses.An Iceland Fisherman
Young, when fledged, like the female, but with the crest shorter.A Synopsis of the Birds of North America
John James Audubon
It had long been fledged, but they had clipped its wings and put it in a cage.The Son of a Servant
By-and-by they will be fledged, and tailed, and get wing-feathers, and fly.The Works of William Cowper
- (tr) to feed and care for (a young bird) until it is able to fly
- Also called: fletch (tr) to fit (something, esp an arrow) with a feather or feathers
- (intr) (of a young bird) to grow feathers
- (tr) to cover or adorn with or as if with feathers
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.