from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young bird that has recently acquired its flight feathers.
- n. A young or inexperienced person.
- adj. New and untried or inexperienced: a fledgling enterprise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. this sense?) untried or inexperienced
- n. A young bird which has just developed its flight feathers (notably wings).
- n. An immature, naïve and/or inexperienced person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. having just acquired its flight feathers; -- of a young bird.
- adj. young and inexperienced.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young bird just fledged.
- n. Hence A raw or inexperienced person.
- Newly fledged; untried.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any new participant in some activity
- adj. (of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers
- n. young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
- adj. young and inexperienced
From fledge 'prepare for flying' + diminutive suffix -ling (Wiktionary)