- An example of fledge is for a young swallow to get the feathers needed to help it fly.
- An example of fledge is for a mother bird to tend to her chicks in a nest.
To fledge is defined as to grow the feathers necessary to fly, or to take care of a baby bird until it can fly.
intransitive verbfledged, fledg′ing
to grow the feathers necessary for flying
Origin of fledgefrom Middle English flegge, ready to fly from Old English (un)flycge, (un)fledged, akin to Middle High German vlücke, Middle Dutch vlugghe: for Indo-European base see fly
- to rear (a young bird) until it is able to fly
- to supply or adorn with or as if with feathers or down; specif., to fit (an arrow, etc.) with feathers
verbfledged, fledg·ing, fledg·es
- To raise (a young bird) until it is ready to leave the nest: a pair of ducks that fledged several young.
- To cover with or as if with feathers.
- Archaic To provide (an arrow) with feathers.
- To grow the plumage necessary for flight.
- To leave the nest: nestlings that are about to fledge.
Origin of fledgeProbably from obsolete fledge feathered from Middle English flegge from Old English flycge ; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fledges, present participle fledging, simple past and past participle fledged)
- (archaic) Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.