Simple Definition of fledge
of a bird : to develop the feathers necessary for flying
Full Definition of fledge
of a young bird
: to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity; also : to leave the nest after acquiring such feathers
1 : to rear until ready for flight or independent activity
2 : to cover with or as if with feathers or down
3 : to furnish (as an arrow) with feathers
Examples of fledge
The young birds haven't yet fledged.
Origin of fledge
fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying, Old English flēogan to fly — more at fly
First Known Use: 1566
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