American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that is considered ugly or unpromising at first but has the potential of becoming beautiful or admirable in maturity.
- n. an ugly or unpromising child who grows into a beautiful or worthy person
- From a fairy tale of a duckling, considered ugly, that matures into a magnificent swan. (Wiktionary)
- After The Ugly Duckling, a story by Hans Christian Andersen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Zakharov used to tell Berezhnaya’s mother that in Moscow they were turning the ugly duckling from Nevinnomyssk into a swan.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘ugly duckling’.
Interesting gene names. Some of these may have changed recently (to something less offensive/funny).
tinman, agnostic, dreadlocks, Van Gogh, fruitless, lava lamp, ariadne, cheap date, ken and barbie, I'm not dead yet, I'm not dead yet 2, manic fringe and 1192 more...
cat-o-nine-tails, snake in the grass, puppy love, white elephant, crocodile tears, monkey business, keep the wolf fro..., culture vulture, black sheep of th..., scapegoat, ugly duckling, swan song and 260 more...
Phrases and figures of speech in which birds are featured. Or feathers. Or such like.
a little bird tol..., to have an albatr..., birds of a feathe..., in the catbird seat, cold turkey, to cook one's goose, don't count your ..., to have one's duc..., to eat crow, a feather in one'..., for the birds, flip the bird and 122 more...
Words or short phrases with animal names in them. Since I already have a dedicated list for 'monkey' words I shall leave them out of this one for the moment.
Looking for tweets for ugly duckling.