fledgling

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Etymology[edit]

From fledge (prepare for flying) +‎ -ling.

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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

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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 and/or inexperienced person.

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