AskDefine | Define fledgling

Dictionary Definition

fledgling adj
1 of a young bird just having acquired its flight feathers; "a fledgling robin" [syn: fledgling(a), fledgeling(a)]
2 young and inexperienced; "a fledgling enterprise"; "a fledgling skier"; "an unfledged lawyer" [syn: unfledged]


1 any new participant in some activity [syn: newcomer, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant]
2 young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying [syn: fledgeling]

User Contributed Dictionary



From fledge 'prepare for flying' + diminutive suffix -ling


  • /ˈflɛdʒlɪŋ/, /"flEdZlIN/


  1. untried or inexperienced




  1. (literally) A young bird which has just developed its flight feathers (notably wings).
  2. (metaphorically) An immature, naïve and/or inexperienced person


young bird
inexperienced person


Extensive Definition

Fledgling or Fledglings may refer to:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Young Turk, abecedarian, adolescent, alphabetarian, apprentice, arriviste, articled clerk, at half cock, avifauna, baby, baby bird, beginner, bird, bird of Jove, bird of Juno, bird of Minerva, bird of night, bird of passage, bird of prey, birdie, birdlife, birdling, birdy, boot, boy, bright young man, bub, bubba, buck, bud, buddy, cage bird, calf, callow, catechumen, catling, chick, chickling, chicky, colt, comer, cub, cygnet, deb, debutant, dewy, diving bird, dogie, dove, duckling, eagle, eaglet, entrant, ever-new, evergreen, fawn, fellow, firsthand, fish-eating bird, flightless bird, foal, fowl, fresh, freshman, fruit-eating bird, fryer, fulmar, game bird, gosling, green, greenhorn, greeny, half-baked, half-cocked, half-grown, hobbledehoy, hopeful, ignoramus, ill-digested, immature, impubic, inductee, infant, initiate, insect-eating bird, intact, junior, juvenal, juvenile, kid, kit, kitten, lad, laddie, lamb, lambkin, learner, litter, maiden, maidenly, manchild, master, migrant, migratory bird, minor, modern, modern generation, modern man, modernist, modernizer, muchacho, neologism, neologist, neology, neonate, neophyte, neoteric, neoterism, neoterist, nest, nestling, new, new boy, new generation, new man, newcomer, nouveau riche, novice, novitiate, novus homo, original, oscine bird, owl, parvenu, passerine bird, peacock, peafowl, peahen, perching bird, pigeon, piglet, pigling, polliwog, postulant, pristine, probationer, probationist, pubescent, pullet, pup, puppy, ratite, raw, raw recruit, recruit, rising generation, rookie, sapling, schoolboy, sea bird, seed-eating bird, sempervirent, shoat, shore bird, slip, songbird, sonny, sonny boy, sprig, squab, storm petrel, stormy petrel, stripling, swan, tadpole, teenager, teener, teenybopper, tenderfoot, trainee, tyro, unbeaten, underripe, undeveloped, unfledged, unmellowed, unripe, unseasoned, untouched, untried, untrodden, unused, upstart, vernal, virgin, virginal, wading bird, warbler, water bird, waterfowl, weaner, whelp, wildfowl, yeanling, young, young hopeful, young man, young person, younger, youngest, youngling, youngster, youth
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