Ugly Duckling Definition

noun
A very plain child or unpromising thing that in time becomes or could become beautiful, admirable, important, etc.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Ugly Duckling

Noun

Singular:
ugly duckling
Plural:
ugly-ducklings

Origin of Ugly Duckling

  • From a fairy tale of a duckling, considered ugly, that matures into a magnificent swan.

    From Wiktionary

  • After The Ugly Duckling , a story by Hans Christian Andersen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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