Fledge Definition

fledged, fledges, fledging
fledged, fledges, fledging
To rear (a young bird) until it is able to fly.
Webster's New World
To cover with or as if with feathers.
American Heritage
To grow the feathers necessary for flying.
Webster's New World
To supply or adorn with or as if with feathers or down; specif., to fit (an arrow, etc.) with feathers.
Webster's New World
To leave the nest.
Nestlings that are about to fledge.
American Heritage Medicine
(archaic) Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.

Origin of Fledge

  • Probably from obsolete fledge feathered from Middle English flegge from Old English flycge pleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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