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noun won·der \ˈwən-dər\

Simple Definition of wonder

  • : something or someone that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.

  • : a feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.

  • : something that is surprising or hard to believe

Full Definition of wonder

  1. 1 a :  a cause of astonishment or admiration :  marvel <it's a wonder you weren't killed> <the pyramid is a wonder to behold> b :  miracle

  2. 2 :  the quality of exciting amazed admiration

  3. 3 a :  rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience b :  a feeling of doubt or uncertainty

Examples of wonder

  1. The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world.

  2. This new computer is a technological wonder.

  3. The child's eyes were filled with wonder during the trip to the circus.

  4. We watched the fireworks show with wonder and amazement.

  5. She gazed up at the tall buildings in wonder.

  6. Is it any wonder why this movie is so popular?

Origin of wonder

Middle English, from Old English wundor; akin to Old High German wuntar wonder

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with wonder



verb won·der

Simple Definition of wonder

  • : to have interest in knowing or learning something : to think about something with curiosity

  • —used to ask a question or make a polite request

  • : to feel surprise or amazement

Full Definition of wonder

won·deredwon·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to be in a state of wonder b :  to feel surprise

  3. 2 :  to feel curiosity or doubt <wondering about the future>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to be curious or in doubt about <wonders why birds sing>

won·der·er play \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of wonder

  1. Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue?

  2. Who could that be at the door, I wonder?

  3. She wondered aloud what to do with the money.

  4. I was wondering about that.

  5. Sometimes his behavior makes me wonder.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of wonder

before 12th century



adjective won·der

Definition of wonder

  1. :  wondrous, wonderful: as a :  exciting amazement or admiration <wonder toys> b :  effective or efficient far beyond anything previously known or anticipated <a wonder fabric>

12th Century

First Known Use of wonder

12th century


biographical name Won·der \ˈwən-dər\

Definition of Wonder

  1. Stevie 1950–     born Stevland Hardaway Judkins Am. singer, songwriter & instrumentalist

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