- The definition of a wonder is someone or something that amazes people, or something miraculous or amazing.
- An example of a wonder is a unicorn.
- An example of a wonder is a six month old baby being able to talk in full sentences.
- An example of a wonder is a contortionist.
- Wonder is defined as to want to know something, feel amazement, or be curious.
- An example of wonder is a woman wanting to know whether or not she's pregnant.
- An example of wonder is feeling awe when looking at the face of your newborn baby.
- a person, thing, or event that causes astonishment and admiration; prodigy; marvel
- the feeling of surprise, admiration, and awe aroused by something strange, unexpected, incredible, etc.: gazing in wonder at the comet
- a miraculous or apparently miraculous thing or act; miracle
Origin of wonderMiddle English ; from Old English wundor, akin to German wunder: only in Germanic
- to be seized or filled with wonder; feel amazement; marvel
- to have curiosity, sometimes mingled with doubt
Origin of wonderOE wundrian, to wonder
do wonders for
for a wonder
- a. The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or surprising: gazed with wonder at the northern lights.b. The quality that arouses such emotion: “Her long fair hair was girlish: and girlish, and touched with the wonder of mortal beauty, her face” (James Joyce).
- a. One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration; a marvel: Given all his unhealthy habits, it's a wonder he's lived this long. She was a wonder in that movie.b. often Wonder A monumental human creation regarded with awe, especially one of seven monuments of the ancient world that appeared on various lists of late antiquity.
- a. An extraordinary or remarkable act or achievement: That teacher has worked wonders with these students.b. An event inexplicable by the laws of nature; a miracle.
verbwon·dered, won·der·ing, won·ders
- To have a feeling of awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration: We wondered at the ease with which she settled into her new job.
- To be filled with curiosity or doubt: I could only wonder after hearing his excuse. I wondered about his late-night comings and goings.
Origin of wonderMiddle English, from Old English wundor.
- Something that causes amazement or awe; a marvel.
- Wonders of the World seem to come in sevens.
- Something astonishing and seemingly inexplicable.
- The idea was so crazy that it is a wonder that anyone went along with it.
- Someone very talented at something, a genius.
- He's a wonder at cooking.
- The sense or emotion which can be inspired by something curious or unknown; surprise; astonishment.
- (UK, informal) A mental pondering, a thought.
(third-person singular simple present wonders, present participle wondering, simple past and past participle wondered)
From Middle English wonder, wunder, from Old English wundor (â€œwonder, miracle, marvel, portent, horror; wondrous thing, monsterâ€), from Proto-Germanic *wundrÄ… (â€œmiracle, wonderâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (â€œto wish for, desire, strive for, win, loveâ€). Cognate with Scots wunner (â€œwonderâ€), West Frisian wonder, wÃ»nder (â€œwonder, miracleâ€), Dutch wonder (â€œmiracle, wonderâ€), Low German wunner, wunder (â€œwonderâ€), German Wunder (â€œmiracle, wonderâ€), Danish and Swedish under (â€œwonder, miracleâ€), Icelandic undur (â€œwonderâ€). Possible extra-Germanic cognate include Albanian Ã«ndÃ«rr (â€œdream, wonderâ€) geg var. andÃ«r, ondÃ«r.
The verb is from Old English wundrian, which is from the noun wundor (â€œwonder, miracle, marvelâ€), as above.
- One of the Wonders of the World.