from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not having the feathers necessary to fly. Used of a young bird.
  • adj. Inexperienced, immature, or untried.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a bird that has yet to develop its wings and feathers and become able to fly
  • adj. inexperienced, like a tyro or novice

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not fledged; not feathered; hence, not fully developed; immature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not yet fledged or furnished with feathers.
  • Not having attained to full growth or experience; not fully developed; immature.

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

  • adj. (of birds) not yet having developed feathers
  • adj. young and inexperienced
  • adj. (of an arrow) not equipped with feathers


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  • If the season starts too early the birds are still unfledged and considered too small to hunt.

    Climate change and terrestrial wildlife management in the Fennoscandian North

  • While he, the aged sire, like mother-bird wailing her unfledged brood, comes hasting hither with halting steps on his bitter journey.


  • “For the wild falcon,” answered she, “whom a dog brought in his mouth to a certain castle, when he was but an unfledged eyas — for the hawk whom men dare not fly, lest he should check at game, and pounce on carrion — whom folk must keep hooded till he has the proper light of his eyes, and can discover good from evil.”

    The Abbot

  • Mother, where he landed, giddy and tottering like a chick unfledged, and at the last of his strength for hunger and thirst; but, finding there streams flowing and birds on the branches cooing and fruit-laden trees in clusters and singly growing, he ate of the fruits and drank of the rills.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • James, was witness to the cruel and ignominious treatment showed to one of his brethren, to a rational, two-footed, unfledged being.


  • He did not particularly heed her; but Mrs. Harnham was continually occupying her eyes with him, and wondered more than ever what had attracted him in her unfledged maid-servant.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • I gape like an unfledged kite in its nest, wanting to swallow a chicken, bobbed at its mouth by its marauding dam! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • And according to this new clarification, 927 Fifth could take down the nest as long as there were no eggs or unfledged baby hawks in it.

    Ruffled Feathers on Fifth Avenue

  • The hawk is aerial brother of the wave which he sails over and surveys, those his perfect air-inflated wings answering to the elemental unfledged pinions of the sea.


  • The produce of this “harvest”, as they call it, which was presented to me, was a hundred and seventy-five unfledged birds.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa


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