- 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.
to grow the feathers necessary for flying
Origin of fledge; from 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 take care of (a young bird) until it is ready to fly.
- To cover with or as if with feathers.
- To provide (an arrow) with feathers.
To grow the plumage necessary for flight.
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.