- 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
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- 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 (“wonder, miracle, marvel, portent, horror; wondrous thing, monster”), from Proto-Germanic *wundrą (“miracle, wonder”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to wish for, desire, strive for, win, love”). Cognate with Scots wunner (“wonder”), West Frisian wonder, wûnder (“wonder, miracle”), Dutch wonder (“miracle, wonder”), Low German wunner, wunder (“wonder”), German Wunder (“miracle, wonder”), Danish and Swedish under (“wonder, miracle”), Icelandic undur (“wonder”). Possible extra-Germanic cognate include Albanian ëndërr (“dream, wonder”) geg var. andër, ondër.
The verb is from Old English wundrian, which is from the noun wundor (“wonder, miracle, marvel”), as above.
- One of the Wonders of the World.