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
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


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



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


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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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 At the end of cooking, a glug of extra-virgin olive oil, a pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of chile oil can work wonders, too. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "How to make a thrifty, fast and tasty one-pot pasta any day of the week," 7 Nov. 2019 Ryan Manning has worked wonders for the club ever since Warburton shifted him to left back. SI.com, "Aaron Hickey: The Contenders to Sign the Hearts Wonderkid & Who He Might Join," 3 Nov. 2019 Regardless of what happens with Penn State, PJ Fleck has worked wonders with Minnesota. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Football Four: Top 5 unchanged, but Oregon, Utah and Georgia move into prime position," 3 Nov. 2019 At the end of cooking, a glug of extra-virgin olive oil, a pinch of red pepper flakes or a drizzle of chile oil can work wonders, too. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to make a thrifty, fast and tasty one-pot pasta any day of the week," 28 Oct. 2019 The man has worked wonders with this offensive line. oregonlive, "Are there four, five … even six wins in Oregon State’s 2019 football future? 10 takeaways from the Beavers’ 21-17 win over California," 20 Oct. 2019 A year in the same offense with the same coordinator has worked wonders for Daphne dual-threat quarterback Trent Battle. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Daphne dual-threat QB Trent Battle finds comfort zone during junior season," 16 Oct. 2019 This approach has worked wonders in China, Indonesia and other Asian markets. Wiza Jalakasi, Quartz Africa, "After years of rapid growth in Africa we’re about to enter the age of Mobile Money 2.0," 4 Oct. 2019 And Mazzone was also working wonders with his vast array of handyman skills, helping his daughter Maureen, who’d just bought a house, and building a fort with his grandson’s Brody, 8, and Brock, 6. David Owens, courant.com, "Victims identified, remembered after deadly B-17 plane crash at Bradley International Airport," 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While the Switch has been a fantastic seller for Nintendo, holding its place as the top-selling console in the U.S. for the last ten months, some have wondered why Tencent didn't tap a more consistent player like Sony. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Despite a Slow Start, the Tencent and Nintendo Partnership Still Holds Promise," 14 Nov. 2019 Some Americans wondered how the influx would affect the country’s character, says Moreno. Paul Thompson, National Geographic, "How Ellis Island shepherded millions of immigrants into America," 13 Nov. 2019 The temptation is strong to sit in the darkened gallery much longer than originally planned, wondering where Joseph will go next. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "‘BLKNWS’ video installation at Atheneum presents an affirming view of black Americans," 13 Nov. 2019 IndyStar sports columnist Gregg Doyel and WNDE-1260 radio host Derek Schultz wonder what Colts will — and should — do with Adam Vinatieri, Chad Kelly and Quincy Wilson. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel and Derek podcast: What to do with Adam Vinatieri? Chad Kelly? Quincy Wilson?," 12 Nov. 2019 Jokic’s first seven games weren’t helping anyone, least of all Nuggets faithful who wondered what kind of Kryptonite had suddenly turned the NBA’s Serbian Superman into Clark Kent. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "How Nikola Jokic got his groove, and the Nuggets’ mojo, back on track," 10 Nov. 2019 In light of the show’s racially conscious casting, one cannot be faulted for wondering whether any of Jim Henson’s Muppet creations, more specifically the human-ish Ernie and Bert, have racial identities. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian, "The Unmistakable Black Roots of ‘Sesame Street’," 7 Nov. 2019 Back at the sorting table, one student holds up an unusual artifact, wondering which pile to put it in. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Caribbean excavation offers intimate look at the lives of enslaved Africans," 7 Nov. 2019 The impossible comeback was complete, and Borussia Dortmund's players were left standing like statues in front of the Kop wondering exactly what had happened. SI.com, "Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund: European Nights at Anfield Don't Get Much Better Than This," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of wonder


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


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


12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wonder


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

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17 Nov 2019

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

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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



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


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.



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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