a young bird just fledged.
an inexperienced person.


young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver.

Nearby words

  1. flection,
  2. fled,
  3. fledermaus, die,
  4. fledge,
  5. fledged,
  6. fledgy,
  7. flee,
  8. fleece,
  9. fleece-vine,
  10. fleeced

Also especially British, fledge·ling.

Origin of fledgling

First recorded in 1820–30; fledge + -ling1

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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.

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Science definitions for fledgling



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