- a young bird just fledged.
- an inexperienced person.
- young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver.
Also especially British, fledge·ling.
Origin of fledgling
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Examples from the Web for fledgeling
It saw the egg and probably the chick, but not the fledgeling.Bird Stories from Burroughs
One of the ducks taken in this way was a mother with a fledgeling.North-Pole Voyages
Zachariah Atwell Mudge
The knowing bird is not caught in the snare, and I, Dilasah, am not a fledgeling.Barclay of the Guides
"God guard you, my fledgeling," she whispered over and over.The Ward of King Canute
Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
That and the fall of the fledgeling excited the birds more than ever.Secret of the Woods
William J. Long
- a young bird that has just fledged
- a young and inexperienced or untried person, organization or system
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Word Origin and History for fledgeling
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly and is capable of surviving outside the nest.
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