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


wondered; wondering\ ˈwən-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce wonder (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 Wonder (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 No wonder the Packers were celebrating Rodgers' arrival in camp. Steve Megargee, ajc, 29 July 2021 No wonder the Packers were celebrating Rodgers' arrival in camp. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 No wonder New Era puts out an entirely new line of hats each season. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 28 July 2021 No wonder the Packers were celebrating Rodgers’ arrival in camp. Steve Megargee, chicagotribune.com, 28 July 2021 Greenpeace said in a statement that the committee had missed an opportunity to shine a light on Australia's neglect of a natural wonder. Arkansas Online, 24 July 2021 Its base tends to believe the nonsense that motivated that mob to storm the Capitol; no wonder the GOP wants to whitewash and forget that event. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 22 July 2021 No wonder so many pay the cartels and take their chances on the trek through Mexico rather than stay in Central American countries with little economic opportunity and no rule of law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 18 July 2021 An analysis published last year showed that water siphoned off the rivers that feed the natural wonder had reduced its level by 11 feet, depleting the lake area by more than half. Lucy Kafanov, CNN, 17 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hamann started to wonder if anything like that had ever happened to her own mother. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 28 July 2021 These were occasions when Damon seemed unaware of larger cultural advances, and as such gave reason to wonder if anything unsavory might be beneath that affable exterior. New York Times, 27 July 2021 Coming into this year’s trials, his coach told him to think aggressively; Lyles, however, didn’t win any of his 200-m heats in trials, leaving track fans to wonder if anything was wrong. Sean Gregory/tokyo, Time, 24 July 2021 There’s a lot to wonder about coming into the long-running zombie drama’s final season(-ish). Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 Many are beginning to wonder why Massachusetts has seen such high levels of precipitation this summer. BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 In the images, what appears to be a prominent, glimmering diamond is seen on Spears's engagement finger, leading fans to wonder if the pop star may have become secretly engaged to the male model and personal trainer. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 July 2021 Stock markets have been priced for perfection and investors are beginning to wonder whether a touch more caution is warranted. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 19 July 2021 Sword ferns wide and soft as a mattress, and trees with trunks nearly 10 feet around, are an invitation to wonder. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 18 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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

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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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“Wonder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonder. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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