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  1. not fledged; without sufficient feathers for flight, as a young bird.
  2. immature; callow.
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Origin of unfledged

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-1 + fledged
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Related Words for unfledged

undisciplined, unschooled, naive, inept, young, untried, unsophisticated, immature, youthful, untimely, incomplete, callow, infantile, new, budding, inexperienced, untested, unproved, grassy, lush

Examples from the Web for unfledged

Historical Examples of unfledged

  • With bird nicknames may be mentioned Callow, unfledged, cognate with Lat.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • His heart was full of enterprise and the unfledged valour of inexperience.

    Godolphin, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Bravely did this young Absalom defend his unfledged royalty.

  • Like the unfledged bird, he spreads his wings, and essays their powers.

    Thoughts on Man

    William Godwin

  • And, as it is with the unfledged schoolboy, after the same manner it is with the man mature.

    Thoughts on Man

    William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for unfledged


  1. (of a young bird) not having developed adult feathers
  2. immature and undeveloped
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Word Origin and History for unfledged


c.1600, of persons, "immature, not experienced," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of fledge. Literal sense of "not yet covered in feathers" is recorded from 1610s.

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