fledgling fledgling adj. 1. having just acquired its flight feathers; -- of a young bird; as, a fledgling robin. [prenominal]

Syn: fledgeling(prenominal). [WordNet 1.5]

2. young and inexperienced; as, a fledgling enterprise; a fledgling skier.

Syn: unfledged. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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