Wonder Definition

wŭndər
wondered, wondering, wonders
noun
wonders
The feeling of surprise, admiration, and awe aroused by something strange, unexpected, incredible, etc.
Gazing in wonder at the comet.
Webster's New World
The quality that arouses such emotion.
American Heritage
A person, thing, or event that causes astonishment and admiration; prodigy; marvel.
Webster's New World
A monumental human creation regarded with awe, especially one of seven monuments of the ancient world that appeared on various lists of late antiquity.
American Heritage
A miraculous or apparently miraculous thing or act; miracle.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Antonyms:
expectation
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verb
wondered, wondering, wonders
To be seized or filled with wonder; feel amazement; marvel.
Webster's New World
To have a feeling of awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration.
We wondered at the ease with which she settled into her new job.
American Heritage
To have curiosity or doubt about; want to know.
I wonder what happened.
Webster's New World
To have curiosity, sometimes mingled with doubt.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
adjective
Remarkable or extraordinary, especially in being beneficial.
Considers quinoa a wonder grain.
American Heritage
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Wiktionary
idiom
do wonders
  • To have a beneficial effect:

    This tonic will do wonders for you.

American Heritage
for a wonder
  • As a cause for surprise; surprisingly.
American Heritage
do wonders for
  • to make a remarkable improvement in
Webster's New World
for a wonder
  • surprisingly
Webster's New World
no wonder!
  • now I know why! of course!
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Wonder

Noun

Singular:
wonder
Plural:
wonders

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Wonder

  • do wonders
  • for a wonder
  • do wonders for
  • for a wonder
  • no wonder!

Origin of Wonder

  • From Middle English wonder, wunder, from Old English wundor (“wonder, miracle, marvel, portent, horror; wondrous thing, monster"), from Proto-Germanic *wundrÄ… (“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.

    From Wiktionary

  • The verb is from Old English wundrian, which is from the noun wundor (“wonder, miracle, marvel"), as above.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English wundor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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