wonder

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noun

won·​der ˈwən-dər How to pronounce wonder (audio)
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
2
: the quality of exciting amazed admiration
3
a
: rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience
b
: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty

wonder

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verb

wondered; wondering ˈwən-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce wonder (audio)

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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
wonderer noun

wonder

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adjective

: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Amid all these changes, Bloomsbury has been able to avoid becoming a one-wizard wonder, and its titles crowd bookstore windows to this day. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune Europe, 30 May 2024 But the enduring juvenile Seinfeld in me was most compelled by the prospect of revisiting childhood wonders. Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star, 28 May 2024
Verb
And if Israel agreed to a truce that allowed Hamas to retain power, even moderate Israelis would likely wonder what the offensive in Gaza had really accomplished. Aaron Boxerman, New York Times, 1 June 2024 Prentice was curious about his birth family and often wondered why he had been placed for adoption. Kamala Thiagarajan, NPR, 31 May 2024
Adjective
This was half a century ago, but there is still wonder in his voice. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 7 Dec. 2021 It’s no wonder European markets are drooling at the prospect of grabbing a bigger slice of the SPAC pie. Adrian Croft, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2021 See all Example Sentences for wonder 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of wonder was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wonder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonder. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

wonder

1 of 2 noun
won·​der ˈwən-dər How to pronounce wonder (audio)
1
: something extraordinary or surprising : marvel
the pyramid is a wonder of ancient Egypt
2
a
: a feeling (as awe, astonishment, or uncertainty) caused by something extraordinary, mysterious, or new to one's experience
b
: the quality of exciting wonder
the charm and wonder of the scene

wonder

2 of 2 verb
wondered; wondering -d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce wonder (audio)
1
: to feel surprise or amazement
2
: to have curiosity or doubt
I wondered about that
wonderer noun

Biographical Definition

Wonder

biographical name

Won·​der ˈwən-dər How to pronounce Wonder (audio)
Stevie 1950–     born Stevland Hardaway Judkins American singer, songwriter and instrumentalist

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