fledgling

A fledgling is a fuzzy baby bird just learning to fly, or someone (like a baby bird) who's brand new at doing something. Awww.

If you're not talking about a baby bird, fledgling is often used as an adjective describing a new participant in something, like a fledgling senator still learning the ropes of how to legislate, or a fledgling drama program trying to build audiences for its plays. It can also mean inexperienced and young, like the fledgling photographer for the school paper who accidentally erases all the pictures. If you're British, spell it fledgeling if you like, both spellings are correct.

Primary Meanings of fledgling

1.
nadj
young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
(of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers
2.
nadj
any new participant in some activity
young and inexperienced
Full Definitions of fledgling
1

n young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying

Synonyms:
fledgeling
Type of:
young bird
a bird that is still young

adj (of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers

“a fledgling robin”
Synonyms:
fledgeling
fledged, mature
(of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination
2

n any new participant in some activity

Synonyms:
entrant, fledgeling, freshman, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, starter
Types:
enlistee, recruit
any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
Type of:
beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
someone new to a field or activity

adj young and inexperienced

“a fledgling enterprise”
“a fledgling skier”
Synonyms:
callow, unfledged
inexperienced, inexperient
lacking practical experience or training

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