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

Definition of wonder

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 3)

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 3)

: 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

Other Words from wonder


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Is there any wonder so many people with serious mental illnesses end up homeless? Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2022 In Uptown, enjoy the wonder of Chelsey the fire eater with BHistorical at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. near Walnut Street. Hartford Courant, 13 Sep. 2022 With Daniel Radcliffe playing the accordion-playing wonder as broadly as possible, the film plots his real-life rise (and absurdly fictional fall) from childhood to guy who became famous for parodying other people’s songs. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022 That pause forces us to appreciate the wonder around us. John Clary Davies, Outside Online, 5 Sep. 2022 Here’s to corn, the delightful wonder; just don’t forget to add butter! Sunset Magazine, 26 Aug. 2022 His sweeping theme for Jurassic Park accompanies the first view of a herd of brontosauruses, matching the wide-eyed wonder of Sam Neill and Laura Dern beat for beat. Alex Galbraith, EW.com, 23 Aug. 2022 In both these pictures, Decker beautifully conveys how the wonder of living is underscored by a form of dread, all the while making deft points about female autonomy. Glenn Kenny, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2022 Venturing away from home, however, can offer many more opportunities this time of the year to enjoy the wonder of newborn wildlife in their native environment. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 6′7 signal-caller favored his non-throwing shoulder after the play, which caused reporters to wonder about his health status. Nubyjas Wilborn | Nwilborn@al.com, al, 22 Sep. 2022 Avon Lake gave up just seven points in the first three weeks, which led Kostelnik to wonder about how his team would fare in the fourth quarter of a close game. Matt Goul, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2022 Every now and then, Chargers center Corey Linsley will wonder how the ball possibly could have traveled from Justin Herbert’s hand to its eventual destination. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2022 Does Belichick ever look around and wonder where everybody went, and how folks around him got so young? Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2022 And externally, pundits and fans alike loudly wonder just how a club arrived so far ahead of schedule, with such a limitless future ahead. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2022 Corbijn doesn’t tarry or wonder aloud about what transpired after the point at when this film abruptly ends, amid financial ruin and changing tastes in 1982. Chris Willman, Variety, 4 Sep. 2022 And all too often, the incentives for building them can easily get twisted, leaving some to wonder about the true cost of America’s spaceports. Denise Chow, NBC news, 2 Sep. 2022 Still, despite such efforts, there are those who wonder about the relevance of boarding schools today. Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Town & Country, 28 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: 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 More

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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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More Definitions for wonder


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.

Wonder biographical name

Won·​der | \ ˈwən-dər How to pronounce Wonder (audio) \

Definition of Wonder

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