Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!


What does "ugly duckling" mean?

Vocabulary Word: ugly duckling

1. Definition (n.) a notably bigger and clumsier baby duck that eventually grows into a beautiful swan

Examples Every kid who feels a little of out place should think of the story of the ugly duckling and know that when he or she grows up, that uniqueness will be valued.

Members who passed this quiz

Lessons with this vocab

2. Definition (expr.) a person who is not appreciated or seen as beautiful until they are older; something different that is mistaken for something inferior

Examples “You should go to your high school reunion. You were an ugly duckling in high school. They will be so surprised.”

“I also try to date the ugly ducklings. They are always nicer.”


The iTEP® test

  • Schedule an iTEP® test and take the official English Practice Test.

    Take Now >

Likes (0):

See all >