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 And on New Year’s Eve, Maha’s -- the place that introduced me to the wonders of the falafel sandwich -- served its last chickpea patty there. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "To fix the West Side Market, should Cleveland step aside? — Michael K. McIntyre," 5 Jan. 2020 Laputa, the height of human scientific achievement, proves to be a hollow paradise compared to the wonders of the natural world. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Studio Ghibli: A beginner's guide through the worlds of Spirited Away, Mononoke, and beyond," 24 Dec. 2019 Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were so clearly enjoying exploring all of the wonders of the garden, which was a joy to photograph. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Are a "Joy" to Photograph," 19 Dec. 2019 Thank you for standing with us to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Our aim: To illuminate and protect," 17 Dec. 2019 Situated at the foot of Jackson Hole mountain, minutes away from Grand Tetons National Park, there’s really no better location to explore the wonders of Wyoming. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Kardashian Sisters Stayed at This Impeccably Designed Hotel in Jackson Hole," 16 Dec. 2019 For every article about the wonders of CBD, there’s a contradictory one discussing the crazy amounts of fake CBD in circulation. Maria Loreto, chicagotribune.com, "5 things you should look for when reading a CBD label," 12 Dec. 2019 The wonder is that these simmering problems have never boiled over. The Economist, "Buttonwood Why it is hard for foreign investors to be bullish on South Africa," 12 Dec. 2019 Bryson examines the wonders of human biology, the history of medicine and surgery, and the sometimes frightening world of diseases. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best Science Books of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hours ticked by, and some involved in the operation wondered if it should be called off. Peter Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "Seven days in January: How the US and Iran approached the brink of war," 11 Jan. 2020 Since then, Athens County Food Pantry President Karin Bright has been deluged with interview requests from media types wondering just how much impact the generosity created. Sam Blackburn, Cincinnati.com, "LSU QB Joe Burrow, potential No. 1 pick by Cincinnati Bengals, 'just a humble young man'," 10 Jan. 2020 The screenplay by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad does try to reach for depth in this disaster-monster hybrid by wondering if humans messing with Mother Nature is the cause of such misery. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "Kristen Stewart can’t save copycat ‘Underwater’," 9 Jan. 2020 And for the nerds who are wondering — this century will get six Halloween full moons, with the next after this year happening in 2039. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wolf moon on Friday night is first of 13 full moons this year which include two supermoons and a rare Halloween blue moon," 9 Jan. 2020 The month of speculating, anticipating and wondering will reach a crescendo throughout January. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "As the UIL’s realignment creeps closer, the speculating goes into overdrive," 8 Jan. 2020 On Sunday, Warren questioned the timing of Trump's decision and wondered if it was intended to distract Americans from his recent impeachment in the House and upcoming Senate trial. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "WATCH: Elizabeth Warren dodges question about whether Soleimani was a terrorist three times," 7 Jan. 2020 Being around Hugo made me wonder if the rest of us are sharing too little. David Wolman, Outside Online, "The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness," 6 Jan. 2020 But with the 2019 film Dark Phoenix seemingly wrapping up the X-Men arc under film studio 20th Century Fox, Marvel Comics fans were wondering what was next for the mutant community. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Marvel’s New Mutants Will Haunt You In Your Sleep," 6 Jan. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wonder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonders. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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