ugly duckling

noun

Definition of ugly duckling

  1. :  one that appears very unpromising but often has great potential

Examples of ugly duckling in a Sentence

  1. The house is an ugly duckling, but it has a lot of potential.

Origin and Etymology of ugly duckling

The Ugly Duckling, story by Hans Christian Andersen


UGLY DUCKLING Defined for English Language Learners

ugly duckling

noun

Definition of ugly duckling for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that is not attractive or successful but that is likely to become attractive or successful in the future


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