wonder

noun
won·​der | \ ˈwən-dər How to pronounce wonder (audio) \

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 How to pronounce wondering (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Wonder (audio) \

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 How to pronounce wonderer (audio) \ 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

The innovative heels are basically wearable architectural feats, allowing you to incorporate a sense of wonder and drama into your work or party outfits. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "7 Shoe Trends of 2019 You're Going to Want to Pay Attention To," 7 Jan. 2019 Seven glass lenses cast soft hues of light across different sections of the building, adding a sense of wonder and serenity to the contemplative space. The Seattle Times, "Secret Seattle: 10 hidden neighborhood hangouts," 15 Oct. 2018 With a great sense of joy and wonder and curiosity, all the time. Fox News, "Dana Perino on learning from Charles Krauthammer," 22 June 2018 An unexpected dash of color, even something like acid green, can do wonders! Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Why Louis XVI-Style Chairs Are a Must-Buy, No Matter Your Style," 26 Apr. 2019 As the co-owner and creative director of Firmdale Hotels, Kemp invites guests into her world of wonder everyday. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Kit Kemp Welcomes Us into Her Fantastical World at Bergdorf Goodman," 19 Apr. 2019 The advent of airbags has done wonders to protect cars' fragile flesh-and-blood cargo when vehicles go smash. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 Crawford, meanwhile, was among the Phillies’ better prospects, although some wonder if the Mariners could have gotten a better haul for Segura. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Mariners have torn their core asunder, but will it lead to a bright future?," 4 Dec. 2018 No wonder why Meghan and the Queen get along so well. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "16 Surprising Facts from HBO's 'Queen of the World' Royal Documentary," 29 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The almost-eerily familiar storyline has many fans wondering: Is The Fix based on a true story? Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Is 'The Fix' Based on a True Story? Here's the Truth Behind Marcia Clark's New Show," 18 Mar. 2019 Instead, we're left to wait and wonder around every Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and anniversary if this is it. Bethany Rutter, Glamour, "I Bought My Own Engagement Ring and I Couldn’t Be Happier," 8 Jan. 2019 As far as whether the engine could return to power a sports cars, well, rotary fans are left to wait and wonder. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Second Spin: The Mazda Rotary Engine Will Return," 2 Oct. 2018 But critics wondered how someone so close to the country's leader could beat up a protester and get off initially with light treatment. Elaine Ganley, Fox News, "Macron's presidency hurt by ex-aide flaunting gun in photo," 25 Sep. 2018 After nearly 10 years at the helm of menswear design for J.Crew, Muytjens left the brand in April of 2017, prompting many in the fashion industry to wonder what his next step would be. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "How a fashion designer transformed an 18th-century home into a dreamy inn," 21 Nov. 2018 Some fans wondered if the coach thought Abby and Miranda looked alike. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Are All Convinced This Contestant Looks Like Miranda Lambert," 16 Mar. 2019 Inside the Palazzo delle Scintille were seven towering silver tents circled by onlookers restless to see the treasures underneath, wondering if the big reveal would live up to the hype. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Reimagining of a Classic Moncler Jacket," 20 Nov. 2018 Another bonus: there would be no risk of psychoactive contamination of a non-psychoactive product—something CBD consumers often wonder about. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Use Yeast to Produce Cannabinoids Affordably and Efficiently," 1 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce wonder (audio) \
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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