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ugly duckling

n.
One that is considered ugly or unpromising at first but has the potential to become beautiful or admirable in maturity.

[After The Ugly Duckling, , a story by Hans Christian Andersen.]

ugly duckling

n
a person or thing, initially ugly or unpromising, that changes into something beautiful or admirable
[an allusion to The Ugly Duckling, a story by Hans Christian Andersen]

ug′ly duck′ling


n.
an unattractive or unpromising child who becomes a beautiful or much-admired adult.
[1880–85; after the bird in the story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ugly duckling - an ugly or unpromising child who grows into a beautiful or worthy personugly duckling - an ugly or unpromising child who grows into a beautiful or worthy person
unusual person, anomaly - a person who is unusual
Translations

ugly duckling

n (fig)hässliches Entlein

ugly duckling

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