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[uhn-flejd] /ʌnˈflɛdʒd/
not fledged; without sufficient feathers for flight, as a young bird.
immature; callow.
Origin of unfledged
1595-1605; un-1 + fledged Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unfledged
Historical Examples
  • From the Irish scal (bald), from which comes the Irish scalachn, an unfledged bird.

  • His heart was full of enterprise and the unfledged valour of inexperience.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I felt I had been conducting myself in an unfledged girlish fashion, and that Ruth, with her staid common sense, was reproving me.

    Esther Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Bravely did this young Absalom defend his unfledged royalty.

  • Diogenes Laertius reports the story of Socrates having dreamed he found an unfledged cygnet on his knee.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • The unfledged had a copy of verses secreted about his person.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Clearly he was quite the safest and nicest of all the unfledged she had ever possessed.

    The Younger Set Robert W. Chambers
  • Scalder, an unfledged bird (South): scaldie and scaulthoge in the North.

  • With bird nicknames may be mentioned Callow, unfledged, cognate with Lat.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • Three young, unfledged starlings were given the hawk to eat.

British Dictionary definitions for unfledged


(of a young bird) not having developed adult feathers
immature and undeveloped
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Word Origin and History for unfledged

c.1600, of persons, "immature, not experienced," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of fledge. Literal sense of "not yet covered in feathers" is recorded from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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