nestling

A nestling is a baby bird that can't fly yet and tends to hang out in its — yes, you guessed it — nest. Nestlings have to be fed and cared for by their parents.

From the moment a baby bird hatches from its egg, it is a nestling — and it remains a nestling until it learns to fly, when it officially becomes a fledgling. Some people fondly refer to young children as nestlings too. This noun adds the diminutive ending -ling (as in gosling for baby goose) to nest.

Definitions of nestling
  1. noun
    young bird not yet fledged
    synonyms: baby bird
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    type of:
    young bird
    a bird that is still young
  2. noun
    a young person of either sex
    synonyms: child, fry, kid, minor, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
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    bairn
    a child: son or daughter
    buster
    a robust child
    changeling
    a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
    child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child
    a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age
    foster child, foster-child, fosterling
    a child who is raised by foster parents
    imp, monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp
    one who is playfully mischievous
    kiddy
    a young child
    orphan
    a child who has lost both parents
    peanut
    a young child who is small for his age
    poster child
    a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes
    kindergartener, kindergartner, preschooler
    a child who attends a preschool or kindergarten
    silly
    a word used for misbehaving children
    sprog
    a child
    bambino, toddler, tot, yearling
    a young child
    urchin
    poor and often mischievous city child
    street child, waif
    a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
    foster daughter, foster-daughter
    someone who is raised as a daughter although not related by birth
    foster son, foster-son
    someone who is raised as a son although not related by birth
    poster boy
    a male poster child
    poster girl
    a female poster child
    ragamuffin, tatterdemalion
    a dirty shabbily clothed urchin
    guttersnipe, street urchin
    a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
    brat, holy terror, little terror, terror
    a very troublesome child
    type of:
    juvenile, juvenile person
    a young person, not fully developed
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