1. a young bird just fledged.
  2. an inexperienced person.


  1. young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver.


  1. a young bird that has just fledged
    1. a young and inexperienced or untried person, organization or system

1830 (adj.), 1846 as a noun meaning “young bird,” from fledge + diminutive suffix -ling. Of persons, from 1856.

  1. A young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly and is capable of surviving outside the nest.

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