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fledgling

[flej-ling]
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noun
  1. a young bird just fledged.
  2. an inexperienced person.
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adjective
  1. young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver.
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Also especially British, fledge·ling.

Origin of fledgling

First recorded in 1820–30; fledge + -ling1

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Examples from the Web for fledgling

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Historical Examples

  • He had not vocalized since fledgling days and his voice had a jarring croak of disuse.

    Traders Risk

    Roger Dee

  • But the words most grateful to Jimmy Grayson were the thanks of the fledgling's father.

    The Candidate

    Joseph Alexander Altsheler

  • The dwarf explains that he is to Siegfried what the father is to the fledgling.

  • Ghvthisavari thanked her heartily, took away a fledgling, and went home.

  • You crow loud as a fledgling cock with your weighty subjects!


British Dictionary definitions for fledgling

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 fledgling

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fledgling 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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