Wonder meaning

wŭndər
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.

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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.

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To be seized or filled with wonder; feel amazement; marvel.
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A miraculous or apparently miraculous thing or act; miracle.
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(UK, informal) A mental pondering, a thought.
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To have curiosity or doubt about; want to know.

I wonder what happened.

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Something that causes amazement or awe; a marvel.

Wonders of the World seem to come in sevens.

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One of the Wonders of the World.
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To have curiosity, sometimes mingled with doubt.
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Something astonishing and seemingly inexplicable.

The idea was so crazy that it is a wonder that anyone went along with it.

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To have a feeling of awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration.

We wondered at the ease with which she settled into her new job.

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To be filled with curiosity or doubt.

I could only wonder after hearing his excuse. I wondered about his late-night comings and goings.

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To feel curiosity or be in doubt about.

I wondered what kind of costume she would wear. I wondered why I said that.

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Remarkable or extraordinary, especially in being beneficial.

Considers quinoa a wonder grain.

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A person, thing, or event that causes astonishment and admiration; prodigy; marvel.
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The feeling of surprise, admiration, and awe aroused by something strange, unexpected, incredible, etc.

Gazing in wonder at the comet.

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Someone very talented at something, a genius.

He's a wonder at cooking.

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The sense or emotion which can be inspired by something curious or unknown; surprise; astonishment.
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To be affected with surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel.
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To ponder; to feel doubt and curiosity; to wait with uncertain expectation; to query in the mind.

I wonder whether penguins can fly.

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do wonders
  • To have a beneficial effect:.
    This tonic will do wonders for you.
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for a wonder
  • As a cause for surprise; surprisingly.
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do wonders for
  • To make a remarkable improvement in.
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for a wonder
  • Surprisingly.
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no wonder!
  • Now I know why! of course!.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

for a wonder
do wonders for
for a wonder

Origin of wonder

  • Middle English from Old English wundor

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

  • 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