unfledged

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unfledged young and inexperienced "a fledgling enterprise","a fledgling skier","an unfledged lawyer"
    • adj unfledged (of an arrow) not equipped with feathers "shot an unfledged arrow"
    • adj unfledged (of birds) not yet having developed feathers "a small unfledged sparrow on the window sill"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unfledged Not fledged; not feathered; hence, not fully developed; immature.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unfledged Not yet fledged or furnished with feathers.
    • unfledged Not having attained to full growth or experience; not fully developed; immature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unfledged un-flejd′ not yet fledged, immature.
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Usage

In literature:

But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new hatched, unfledged comrade.
"Shakspere, Personal Recollections" by John A. Joyce
We shall soon see that one of his earliest productions was more serious than what comes from the generality of unfledged poets.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
Two young birds, still unfledged, and scarcely as big as nuts, opened their beaks as if to ask for food.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
But here, no unfledg'd wing was ever crush'd; Be each rude blast within its cavern hush'd.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Samuel James Arnold
The yearnings which I used to have towards it in those unfledged years!...
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
An unfledged youth who craved distinction, rushed ahead of the Chief Hunter, but his act spelled his doom.
"B. C. 30,000" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
You are as innocent as a babe, and you haven't the guile of an unfledged chicken.
"Good Luck" by L. T. Meade
Three young, unfledged starlings were given the hawk to eat.
"Dog Stories from the "Spectator"" by Various
And here we have an unfledged cur from a cavalry institute, when I asked for a strong reinforcement.
"Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune" by Charles James Lever
Besides, he quite believes he has an unfledged Claude Lorraine or Salvator Rosa on his hands.
"Heriot's Choice" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
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In poetry:

Some place where feeble things,
For Life’s long war too weak,
Young birds with unfledged wings,
Buds nipped by storm-winds bleak,
"The Dead Child" by Victor James Daley
Here was the bird's primeval nest,
High on a promontory
Star-pharosed, where she takes her rest
To brood new aeons 'neath her breast,
The future's unfledged glory.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
The eyrie clung to the shattered cliff
That the glacier's torrent thundered under;
And the unfledged eaglet's lifted eye
Looked out on the world of peak and sky
In silent wonder.
"The Eagle And The Flower" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
Then flow, thou Luggie, with a softer gush;
Thou wert his boyhood's worship; flow along,
While the kind years grant him his deathbed wish,
And make him the fifth name in unfledged song.
"David Gray" by Alexander Anderson
Unfledged, untimely birdling of a breath!
No useless shroud hast thou, nor wreath.
They flight was brief, yet wert thou eagle-hearted as of yore.
When fearlessly didst flee that alien Cretan shore To sink in death.
"The Wrecked Aeroplane" by Leon Gellert
As grave Augustine pleading in his day,
'Have pity, Lord, upon the unfledged bird,
Lest such as pass do trample it in the way,
Not marking, or not minding; give the word,
O bid an angel in the nest again
To place it, lest the mother's love be vain.
"Nature, For Nature's Sake" by Jean Ingelow