Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A young bird that has recently acquired its flight feathers.
  • noun A young or inexperienced person.
  • adjective New and untried or inexperienced.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A young bird just fledged.
  • noun Hence A raw or inexperienced person.
  • Newly fledged; untried.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective prenominal having just acquired its flight feathers; -- of a young bird.
  • adjective young and inexperienced.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective this sense?) untried or inexperienced
  • noun literally A young bird which has just developed its flight feathers (notably wings).
  • noun figuratively An immature, naïve and/or inexperienced person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any new participant in some activity
  • adjective (of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers
  • noun young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
  • adjective young and inexperienced

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • The site is in fledgling stages, so info and photos are lacking a bit, but I do think this site needs to branch out into sweetwater.

    Talking Trash

  • LONDON — Police increased their guard around Buckingham Palace and other landmarks Wednesday as security officials monitored what they described as a fledgling terror plot to wage Mumbai-style shooting sprees or other attacks on Britain, France or Germany.

    Terrorist Plot Uncovered In Europe

  • LONDON — Police increased their guard around Buckingham Palace and other landmarks Wednesday as security officials monitored what they described as a fledgling terror plot to wage Mumbai-style shooting sprees or other attacks on Britain, France or Germany.

    Terrorist Plot Uncovered In Europe

  • LONDON — Police increased their guard around Buckingham Palace and other landmarks Wednesday as security officials monitored what they described as a fledgling terror plot to wage Mumbai-style shooting sprees or other attacks on Britain, France or Germany.

    Terrorist Plot Uncovered In Europe

  • Lest anyone suspect that her head was turned by the exhilarating successes of the past year, however, she called her fledgling venture Abishag Productions.

    Katherine Heigl

  • Here, he says that anyone who supports the United States in this occupation should be attacked, that is, the fledgling government here.

    CNN Transcript Jul 2, 2006

  • Their instinct, though, is right on: having just the right trademark can make or break a fledgling product or technology.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Recalling the fledgling days in founding his 826 Valencia literary program for children, author Eggers called Kass his mentor.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Recalling the fledgling days in founding his 826 Valencia literary program for children, author Eggers called Kass his mentor.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • MONTREAL - When Quebec politician Henri Bourassa proposed to call his fledgling newspaper Le Devoir - or The Duty - there were doubts even in his elevated circle as to whether a paper by that name devoted to harping on the theme of "public duty" would find a sustaining readership.

    canada.com Top Stories

Comments

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  • Really like the -dgl- cluster this word is centered upon. Any other -dgl- examples, Wordnikies?

    March 2, 2010

  • ridgling - colt with undescended testicles. I don't know whose job it is to go around groping young 'orses but I'm glad it's not me.

    sandglass has a different pronunciation of your pet cluster.

    March 2, 2010

  • sandglass also contains the -dgl- sequence; a consonant+blend combination different from that of fledgling.

    March 2, 2010

  • Thanks bilby!

    March 2, 2010

  • We could always make up some more.

    "She was on a diet and only had two fudglings at the candy store."

    March 2, 2010

  • The Time Bandits were forever planting and repotting hedglings until they came into possession of The Map.

    March 2, 2010

  • It is interesting that the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors, one of the leading British spelling guides, recommends the spelling fledgling (not fledgeling). But of course, it approves the British spellings acknowledgement and judgement. Now why is that?

    June 8, 2011