from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One that is considered ugly or unpromising at first but has the potential to become beautiful or admirable in maturity.
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- noun A young person who is
ugly, but who is expected to become beautifulas they mature.
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- noun an ugly or unpromising child who grows into a beautiful or worthy person
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[After The Ugly Duckling, a story by Hans Christian Andersen.]
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From a fairy tale of a duckling, considered ugly, that matures into a magnificent swan.
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