fledge


fledge

verb \ˈflej\

of a bird : to develop the feathers necessary for flying

fledgedfledg·ing

Full Definition of FLEDGE

intransitive verb
of a young bird
:  to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity; also :  to leave the nest after acquiring such feathers
transitive verb
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

  1. 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

Rhymes with FLEDGE

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