• IPA: /ˈflɛd͡ʒ.lɪŋ/

fledgling (not comparable)

  1. Untried or inexperienced.
    • 2011, Jay A. Gertzman, Bookleggers and Smuthounds: The Trade in Erotica, 1920-1940:
      His trenchant criticisms of the Church's repression […] include a discussion of the considerable 1938 success of the fledgling NODL in getting magazines removed from various points of sale.
  2. Emergent or rising.
    • 1997 August 5, "Film failed to do justice to drama surrounding death of Harry Boland ↗", The Irish Times:
      Harry Boland was born in Dublin in 1884 and educated with his younger brother Gerry in Clontarf. His father James, who greatly influenced him was politically active in the Irish Republican Brotherhood and the fledgling Gaelic Athletic Association. Harry Boland fought at the General Post Office, Dublin in Easter Rising and was interned in Dartmoor and Lewes jail.
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fledgling (plural fledglings)

  1. A young bird which has just developed its flight feathers (notably wings).
  2. An insect that has just fledged, i.e. undergone its final moult to become an adult or imago.
  3. (figuratively) An immature, naïve or inexperienced person.
  • French: oisillon, oiselet
  • German: Küken; (Austria also) Kücken flügges Küken, (Austria also) flügges Kücken,Küken, flügger Vogel, eben flügge gewordener Vogel, Jungvogel
  • Italian: uccellino
  • Portuguese: filhote/filho/pássaro/etc. recém-emplumado
  • Russian: опери́вшийся птене́ц
  • Spanish: pollito, polluelo

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