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From Middle English flegge, fligge, flygge, from Old English *flyċġe (able to fly, fledged) (attested in *unflyċġe, unfligge (unfledged)), from Proto-Germanic *flugjaz (able to fly, fledged), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk- (to run, flow, be swift, flee, fly).



fledge (third-person singular simple present fledges, present participle fledging, simple past and past participle fledged)

  1. (transitive) To care for a young bird until it is capable of flight.
  2. (intransitive) To grow, cover or be covered with feathers.
  3. (transitive) To decorate with feathers.
  4. (intransitive) To complete the last moult and become a winged adult insect.

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fledge (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.
    • (Can we date this quote by Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      his shoulders, fledge with wings