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 Royal fans will likely remember Arthur as the royal shirtless selfie wonder, who was formerly a page boy to the queen. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon's Children Have Families of Their Own," 28 Nov. 2019 Passing the Christmas decoration reins along to The Lego Group, the five-star luxury hotel hopes to inspire creativity among its guests, along with a little seasonal wonders. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "This London Hotel Built Massive Christmas Displays Made Entirely of Legos," 27 Nov. 2019 Kudos to the sisters’ perky, boy band-loving siblings (special shout-out to Wesley Allen, a wonder in white, one of my favorite under-the-radar Cleveland actors). John Kappes, cleveland, "‘The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Oops … They Did It Again’ pours on the booze and the tunes at Cleveland Public Theatre," 27 Nov. 2019 The massive site drips with historic charm and architectural wonder and, when the weather cooperates, an outdoor escape is right around the corner. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Don't stay cooped up all winter. 7 places that offer cozy refuge around Indianapolis.," 27 Nov. 2019 No wonder buzz is building that Tennessee may extend him. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: How do Week 12 losses affect Cowboys, Packers?," 27 Nov. 2019 No other camera in this size has autofocus or shoot speeds close to this little wonder. Tom O'brien, National Geographic, "Best new compact cameras for travelers," 24 Nov. 2019 The archaeological wonders are believed to have been buried by a member of the Viking army that was being pushed across England by Saxon forces. Fox News, "Two UK treasure hunters sentenced for stealing Viking-era coins," 23 Nov. 2019 Yet both powerful weather wonders — one instantly explosive, one steadily expansive — describe the storm that blanketed the world when, six years ago, Disney’s animated musical Frozen made landfall. Marc Snetiker, EW.com, "How to chase a storm: The cast and creators of Frozen 2 on making powerful art under pressure," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And some are wondering whether inequality has in fact risen as much as claimed—or, by some measures, at all. The Economist, "Economists are rethinking the numbers on inequality," 28 Nov. 2019 Wilczek wondered whether, through similar physics, a system could have a ground state that repeated in some measurable way in time instead of in space. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Back to the future: The original time crystal makes a comeback," 27 Nov. 2019 Given that everyone approached for the book is of the privileged class, Pinckney wonders, is the unspoken assumption that the real offense is wounded class pride? Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Darryl Pinckney’s Intimate Study of Black History," 26 Nov. 2019 How soon and to what extent is what Nuggets officials can’t help but wonder. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Journal: Rookie Bol Bol might be Denver’s latest second-round steal," 22 Nov. 2019 When Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father in 2000, Ballour wondered why Syrians couldn’t elect a leader with a different surname. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "This Syrian doctor saved thousands in an underground hospital," 22 Nov. 2019 Six weeks after the trade breakthrough meant to have a deal signed this week in Chile, a growing number of economists are wondering whether a deal gets done at all this year. Christine Romans, CNN, "It's 'Groundhog Day' for the trade-war-obsessed markets," 22 Nov. 2019 The researchers wondered if new myelin might be necessary after the training was over to convert a short-term memory that quickly fades away into a long-lasting memory, a process neuroscientists call memory consolidation. R. Douglas Fields, Scientific American, "Deeper Insights Emerge into How Memories Form," 18 Nov. 2019 Some wondered if the Oscar winner had done permanent damage to his legacy. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The rise and fall (and rise) of Robert De Niro’s career," 14 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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The first known use of wonder was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wonder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonderers. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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How to pronounce Wonder (audio)

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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