[ flej-ling ]
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  1. a young bird just fledged.

  2. an inexperienced person.

  1. young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver.

Origin of fledgling

First recorded in 1820–30; fledge + -ling1
  • Also especially British, fledge·ling .

Other words for fledgling

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How to use fledgling in a sentence

  • Luke is, doubtless, the stray rook, and a fledgeling hath flown hither from a distant country.

    Rookwood | William Harrison Ainsworth
  • One of the ducks taken in this way was a mother with a fledgeling.

    North-Pole Voyages | Zachariah Atwell Mudge
  • She was no innocent fledgeling, nor was her knowledge purchased with sacrifice.

    The Vision of Elijah Berl | Frank Lewis Nason
  • The knowing bird is not caught in the snare, and I, Dilasah, am not a fledgeling.

    Barclay of the Guides | Herbert Strang
  • A foal is an immature horse, a chicken an immature fowl, a calf an immature ox, a fledgeling an immature bird.

    The Esperanto Teacher | Helen Fryer

British Dictionary definitions for fledgling



/ (ˈflɛdʒlɪŋ) /

  1. a young bird that has just fledged

    • a young and inexperienced or untried person, organization or system

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Scientific definitions for 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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