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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Federer is the rare athlete capable of inspiring a literary wunderkind to liken the experience of watching him play to religious fervor, and a dance critic to rhapsodize about the grace of his physical presence. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "A Tale of Two Tennis G.O.A.T.s," 26 Aug. 2019 Clemson, of course, will again counter with its own wunderkind under center, Trevor Lawrence, but questions on defense after massive departures on the defensive line leave room for 'Bama to reclaim its throne—for now. The Si Staff, SI.com, "SI's Preseason Top 25: Alabama Edges Clemson Atop the Year's First Ranking," 6 Aug. 2019 At age 22, the rookie quarterback from Missouri is a project, not a wunderkind. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Is watching Broncos rookie QB Drew Lock throw the football as painful as passing a kidney stone?," 1 Aug. 2019 Browning plays Lizzie, a cello wunderkind who has to A) seduce Williams, B) get horrifically, gastrointestinally sick on a Chinese bus, C) (spoiler!) chop off her own hand, D) exact horrific revenge. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "5 Reasons You Have to Watch Netflix's Viral Hit The Perfection," 29 May 2019 And subsequent episodes trace Monroe’s high-and-lonesome legacy, weaving in the career threads of Monroe’s fellow bluegrass inventors Lester Flatt and the banjo wunderkind Earl Scruggs. David Cantwell, The New Yorker, "Ken Burns’s Delightful “Country Music” Gets the Big Things Mostly Right," 15 Sep. 2019 Greinke spent his first six seasons with the Royals, turning from rookie wunderkind to top of the rotation mainstay. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Yordan Álvarez's pinch-hit homer powers Astros past Royals," 14 Sep. 2019 What’s more, there are definite Sean McVay overtones in this group, with both LaFleur and Taylor having worked for the 33-year-old Rams wunderkind. Los Angeles Times, "Most of the new NFL coaches have one thing in common — they were once quarterbacks," 2 Sep. 2019 McNally also happends to be the doubles partner of Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old wunderkind from Delray Beach, Florida. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "US Open: Serena Williams delivers powerful punch, in classic form against Maria Sharapova," 22 Aug. 2019

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

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