One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a bird) not yet fledged.
- ‘I first detected an unfledged Sandhill Crane chick, with two adults, on 5 July 2000.’
- ‘After the young had fledged, we sieved the nests contents to look for unfledged young.’
- ‘His observations revealed that Foula's sheep target unfledged Arctic terns.’
- ‘And now they both broke down and sobbed aloud without a pause, like birds bereaved, like the sea eagle or taloned vulture, when villages have robbed the nests of their unfledged young.’
- 1.1 (of a person) inexperienced; youthful.
inexpert, unpractised, lacking experience, untrained, untutored, unschooled, unqualified, unskilled, amateur, uninitiatedView synonyms
- ‘The satire of Circumstance is another of Hardy's wry puttings-down of Authority, with unfledged children as the instruments of execution.’
- ‘Paul will be responsible for all in-house comedy and entertainment programmes on BBC national radio, from established favourites such as Just A Minute to developing the talents of unfledged performers and writers.’
- ‘In my own discipline, chemistry, I see lecture classes of several hundreds, followed by smaller laboratory sections taught by unfledged graduate assistants.’
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