verb (used with object)
  1. to provide (an arrow) with a feather.

Origin of fletch

First recorded in 1625–35; back formation from fletcher
Related formsun·fletched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fletching


  1. another word for fledge (def. 2)

Word Origin for fletch

C17: probably back formation from fletcher
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Word Origin and History for fletching



mid-17c., variant of fledge (v.); also see fletcher. Related: Fletched; fletching.

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