[ UK /ʌnflˈɛd‍ʒd/ ]
  1. (of birds) not yet having developed feathers
    a small unfledged sparrow on the window sill
  2. young and inexperienced
    a fledgling skier
    a fledgling enterprise
    an unfledged lawyer
  3. (of an arrow) not equipped with feathers
    shot an unfledged arrow
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How To Use unfledged In A Sentence

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The swing-door creaked, and in the doorway appeared a rather short young Jew with a big beak-like nose, with a bald patch surrounded by rough red curly hair; he was dressed in a short and very shabby reefer jacket, with rounded lappets and short sleeves, and in short serge trousers, so that he looked skimpy and short-tailed like an unfledged bird. The Bishop and Other Stories
  • The satire of Circumstance is another of Hardy's wry puttings-down of Authority, with unfledged children as the instruments of execution.
  • a small unfledged sparrow on the window sill
  • The very oversight perceptible to any eye and painful to any ear not sealed up by stepdame nature from all perception of pleasure or of pain derivable from good verse or bad -- the reckless reiteration of the same rhyme with but one poor couplet intervening -- suggests rather the oversight of an unfledged poet than the obtuseness of a full-grown poeticule or poetaster. A Study of Shakespeare
  • an unfledged lawyer
  • shot an unfledged arrow
  • 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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