unfledged

Something that is unfledged is young and inexperienced, such as an unfledged short story writer who has great style but whose stories have plots that are impossible to follow.

The word unfledged can be used literally to describe a baby bird that doesn’t yet have feathers and can’t fly or leave the nest. It can also describe a person who is inexperienced or not yet completely developed. An actor just learning his craft could be called unfledged. It can also be used to describe ideas that are still developing, such as an unfledged plan — there are goals but all the steps for reaching them aren't in place.

Definitions of unfledged
  1. adjective
    young and inexperienced
    “an unfledged lawyer”
    synonyms: callow, fledgling
    inexperienced, inexperient
    lacking practical experience or training
  2. adjective
    (of birds) not yet having developed feathers
    “a small unfledged sparrow on the window sill”
    synonyms: immature
    unfeathered
    not having feathers
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    Antonyms:
    fledged, mature
    (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination
    fledgeling, fledgling
    (of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers
    full-fledged, fully fledged
    (of a bird) having reached full development with fully grown adult plumage; ready to fly
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  3. adjective
    (of an arrow) not equipped with feathers
    “shot an unfledged arrow”
    synonyms: fledgeless, unvaned
    featherless, unfeathered
    having no feathers
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