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noun [countable] ugly duckling pronunciation in British English
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singularugly duckling
pluralugly ducklings
  1. someone who people think will never be attractive or successful but who becomes very attractive or successful as they get older
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From a children’s story by Hans Christian Andersen, in which a young swan is unhappy because it thinks it is a duck but doesn’t look like the other ducks. However, it later grows up and realizes it is a beautiful swan.

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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