wonder

noun
won·​der | \ ˈwən-dər \

Definition of wonder

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : 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 : the quality of exciting amazed admiration
3a : rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience
b : a feeling of doubt or uncertainty

wonder

verb
wondered; wondering\ ˈwən-​d(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of wonder (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

1a : to be in a state of wonder
b : to feel surprise
2 : to feel curiosity or doubt wondering about the future

transitive verb

: to be curious or in doubt about wonders why birds sing

wonder

adjective

Definition of wonder (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Wonder

biographical name
Won·​der | \ ˈwən-dər \

Definition of Wonder (Entry 4 of 4)

Stevie 1950–     born Stevland Hardaway Judkins American singer, songwriter and instrumentalist

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Other Words from wonder

Verb

wonderer \ ˈwən-​dər-​ər \ noun

Examples of wonder in a Sentence

Noun

The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world. This new computer is a technological wonder. The child's eyes were filled with wonder during the trip to the circus. We watched the fireworks show with wonder and amazement. She gazed up at the tall buildings in wonder. Is it any wonder why this movie is so popular?

Verb

Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue? Who could that be at the door, I wonder? She wondered aloud what to do with the money. I was wondering about that. Sometimes his behavior makes me wonder.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No wonder their self-importance, their sanity, their perspective, their politics are truly all wet and gone with the wind. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The left is turning on the left," 15 Sep. 2018 No wonder the entire cabinet met wearing football shirts on July 12th. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 No wonder there are more than two weeks to take it all in. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 No wonder Michael was plagued with insomnia for most of his life. latimes.com, "Calendar Letters: Harlan Ellison's jitterbug, protest songs and healthcare, Joe Jackson's legacy," 7 July 2018 Then again, the tweet was deleted, which makes one wonder. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "GOP Congressman Tweets, Then Deletes Jab at Paul Ryan," 21 June 2018 My top pick is still Hungry Pigeon (743 S. Fourth St.) in Queen Village, where Pat O’Malley, who used to run the pastry production for Balthazar, is making flaky wonders rich with Euro-style butter and a kiss of local honey subbed for sugar. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The best croissants in Philadelphia | Craig LaBan," 19 June 2018 The Atrium on the Disney Dream Also featured on the Freefrom show, this gorgeous wedding setting glimmered with Art Deco-era wonder aboard the Disney Dream. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "6 Incredible Disney Wedding Venues Mickey and Minnie Could Only Dream Of," 14 June 2018 The movie touches on childhood wonder, nostalgia, and self-empowerment with plenty of laughs in between. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 10 Best Fashion Movies That Aren't The Devil Wears Prada," 24 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Too often, of course, things can look so great online that consumers are tempted to act first without wondering about the possibility of getting tricked by a spam email, a phony promise and some really bad customer service lines. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 That could be another reason for the Trump administration to wonder about the credibility of such a deterrent. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 2018 The same novel bug, occurring in unrelated patients, in different body systems, simultaneously in two countries, made epidemiologists wonder whether there might be more to come. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 Some people wonder: why did so many bright young Japanese fall for such an obvious charlatan? The Economist, "On the hanging of Shoko Asahara, Japan’s nerve-gas guru," 12 July 2018 The researchers wondered if the droplets are really still part of the same BEC. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Bose Einstein condensate may reveal supersolid’s secrets," 28 Nov. 2018 Steyn wondered if this technique could be used again. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 But the complete lack of information about the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti’s performance in traditional games left people wondering if there was an ulterior motive behind it. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The GeForce RTX 2080 will be faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, Nvidia says," 13 Sep. 2018 Goodman wondered at the time why the family was being charged for a child’s accident. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "OP sculpture that boy 'hugged' wasn't appraised. His family's insurance paid $107,000," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of wonder

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wonder

Noun

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

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wonder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wonder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

wonder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wonder (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

wonder

verb
won·​der | \ ˈwən-dər \
wondered; wondering

Kids Definition of wonder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be curious or have doubt I wonder if we're lost.
2 : to feel surprise or amazement We wondered at the number of stars.

wonder

noun

Kids Definition of wonder (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something extraordinary : marvel the wonders of nature
2 : a feeling (as of astonishment) caused by something extraordinary He examined the machine with wonder.

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