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Old English *-flycge (Kentish -flecge), an adjective meaning "having the feathers, fit to fly," from West Germanic *fluggja- (cognates: Middle Dutch vlugge, Low German flügge), from root meaning "to fly" (see fly (v.)). As a verb, it is first attested in English 1560s. Related: Fledged; fledging.