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


First Known Use: 1869


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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