wun·​der·​kind | \ ˈvu̇n-dər-ˌkint How to pronounce wunderkind (audio) \
plural wunderkinder\ ˈvu̇n-​dər-​ˌkin-​dər How to pronounce wunderkinder (audio) \

Definition of wunderkind

: a child prodigy also : one who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age

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Recent Examples on the Web Defensive coordinator Pete Golding was once viewed as a wunderkind, but doing this little with this much talent brings Saban’s judgment into question. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Shocking transformation for defending national champ LSU makes fans wonder how bad it will get," 12 Oct. 2020 Despite his wunderkind skills including arm strength and release, Rattler is making just the fourth start of his career. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "This Red River Showdown may be different, but intense pressure, spotlight remain for OU freshman QB Spencer Rattler," 7 Oct. 2020 This album shows a resiliency and optimism that marks Oberst, 40, as one former wunderkind who still has a bright future. Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, "New album reviews: Bright Eyes battles depression, apocalypse with hope; Dua Lipa gets great remix," 17 Sep. 2020 Manchester United still hopes to supplement its attack by landing English wunderkind Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund before the transfer deadline in October. Jon Marthaler, Star Tribune, "With Premier League cast, new season brings a bit of everything," 11 Sep. 2020 The plan from Gates’ army of lawyers and PR handlers seemed to be to wield his image as a software wunderkind who dropped out of Harvard to bootstrap his company and went on to become the world’s richest man. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Revisiting the spectacular failure that was the Bill Gates deposition," 10 Sep. 2020 Allen is a fascinating person—once a 14-year-old comedic wunderkind—now a media mogul bent on justice. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "President Trump threatens to cancel anti-racist training," 9 Sep. 2020 Cincinnati made Burrow the No. 1 pick in the draft while Carolina hired Brady, a 30-year-old wunderkind, as offensive coordinator. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "5 SEC storylines to watch: Can Gators beat Georgia, LSU stay hot and more?," 8 Sep. 2020 Teenage wunderkind Maddie Ziegler serves as Sia’s avatar, perfectly encapsulating the sadness, humor, and overall profundity of her music. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time: Staff List," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of wunderkind

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wunderkind

German, from Wunder wonder + Kind child

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“Wunderkind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wunderkind. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wunderkind

: someone who achieves success or shows great talent at a young age

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