fledgling

[flej-ling]
noun
1.
a young bird just fledged.
2.
an inexperienced person.
adjective
3.
young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver.
Also, especially British, fledgeling.


Origin:
1820–30; fledge + -ling1


2. novice, tyro, beginner, freshman, greenhorn.
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fledgling or fledgeling (ˈflɛdʒlɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a young bird that has just fledged
2.  a young and inexperienced person
 
fledgeling or fledgeling
 
n

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fledgling
1835 (adj.), 1846 as a noun meaning "young bird," from fledge + dim. suffix -ling. Of persons, from 1856.
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fledgling   (flěj'lĭng)  Pronunciation Key 
A young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly and is capable of surviving outside the nest.
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Example sentences
Only seven of these have resulted in successful fledglings.
To avoid the nest becoming too crowded, some of the more mature companies will
  soon have to leave, making room for fledglings.
The fledglings started to take a course that they seemed to know well.
Fledglings test their wings at the age of six months, but parents continue to
  feed them for another year.
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