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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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