wonder

noun
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

wonder

verb
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

wonder

adjective

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

Wonder

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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Other Words from wonder

Verb

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

Finally, your colonists will be able to escape from their tiny bubble-domes and wander a lush and lively Mars, thanks to the wonders of terraforming. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Yakuza Kiwami 2 confirmed for PC next month, H1Z1's new developers call it quits," 12 Apr. 2019 Their timeless appeal works wonders for an alluringly glowy dining room table or a sophisticated living room mantle. Kaitlin Clark, Curbed, "A beginner’s guide to decorating with candles," 23 July 2018 No wonder Brady and Gronkowski told him to have fun. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: Will the Dolphins ever not have fun like the Patriots don't? | Commentary," 4 June 2018 Read More At 89, wonder of the world George Toma working 52nd straight Super Bowl The treeless land surrounding his house has served as a testing ground over the years, having been seeded with a Heinz 57 of grass varieties. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "George Toma, legendary groundskeeper, has a wild Super Bowl story and good turf tips | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 The sequence when Superman takes Lois flying plays out from her perspective, allowing the camera to interpret the wonder of his power through her human eyes. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Why Margot Kidder Was the Definitive Lois Lane," 14 May 2018 The obsession is justifiable: Their milk is loaded with lactic acid, a dermatological wonder that gently exfoliates, can help reduce signs of aging like spots and sallowness, and can increase skin’s ability to retain moisture. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Goat Milk Is the Secret to Beautiful Skin," 29 Nov. 2018 Enchanted Rock State Natural Area The mystical pink granite dome is a natural wonder and offers the 365-degree views of Hill Country. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 No wonder former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter is starting a new venture to cover royal families. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "The royal wedding goosed Town & Country — Vanity Fair... not so much," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some fans wondered if the coach thought Abby and Miranda looked alike. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Are All Convinced This Contestant Looks Like Miranda Lambert," 16 Mar. 2019 Inside the Palazzo delle Scintille were seven towering silver tents circled by onlookers restless to see the treasures underneath, wondering if the big reveal would live up to the hype. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Reimagining of a Classic Moncler Jacket," 20 Nov. 2018 Another bonus: there would be no risk of psychoactive contamination of a non-psychoactive product—something CBD consumers often wonder about. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Use Yeast to Produce Cannabinoids Affordably and Efficiently," 1 Mar. 2019 Color can do wonders in making a room feel larger, bolder and can even affect your mood. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Yasss, Queer Eye's Bobby Berk is Launching a Furniture Line," 25 Feb. 2019 Roche also remembers seeing Eliel, Eero’s father, then 82, and wondering what the old man was doing around the office. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 According to Daily Mail, Ferguson is not among the 250 people who made the guest list, with many wondering if Charles simply doesn’t have time for someone who is not technically a member of the royal family anymore. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry reportedly don't invite Sarah Ferguson to royal wedding event," 2 Oct. 2018 And while season one dropped on Netflix just days ago, everyone is already wondering, where's season two?? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Sex Education" Season 2," 14 Jan. 2019 Several seasons later, many fans today still wonder why Patrick and Sandra walked away from Grey's. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Why Sandra Oh Left 'Grey's Anatomy'," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of wonder

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wonder

Noun

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

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wonder

noun

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

wonder

verb

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

wonder

verb
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.

wonder

noun

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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