fledgling

[flej-ling]
adjective
  1. young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver.
Also especially British, fledge·ling.

Origin of fledgling

First recorded in 1820–30; fledge + -ling1

Synonyms for fledgling

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fledgling

fledgeling

noun
  1. 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 fledgeling

fledgling

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

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fledgeling in Science

fledgling

[flĕjlĭng]
  1. A young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly and is capable of surviving outside the nest.
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