wonder

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noun

won·​der ˈwən-dər How to pronounce wonder (audio)
1
a
: a cause of astonishment or admiration : marvel
it's a wonder you weren't killed
the pyramid is a wonder to behold
b
2
: the quality of exciting amazed admiration
3
a
: rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience
b
: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty

wonder

2 of 3

verb

wondered; wondering ˈwən-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce wonder (audio)

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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
wonderer noun

wonder

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adjective

: 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

Example Sentences

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
And, of course, a wonder for collectors—especially in such a once-in-a-lifetime piece. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 29 Jan. 2023 It’s a wonder, then, that the Oscars ignored it entirely. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 27 Jan. 2023 Ever wonder who is really behind the lyrics of your favorite artists’ most famous songs? Dominique Barchus, Women's Health, 27 Jan. 2023 It’s no wonder, then, that Williams and Daniels bonded seamlessly over a game of chess, and found a deeper connection within one another. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2023 It’s no wonder, then, that so many of us talk to ours. Stacey Colino, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 It’s no wonder Key Largo is often called the Dive Capital of the World. Outside Online, 29 Dec. 2022 It’s no wonder Frontier wants to get rid of customer service over the phone. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 26 Nov. 2022 It’s no wonder fans want to experience the show’s world. Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022
Verb
Executives warn that bankruptcy might be unavoidable, although many experts wonder whether the 52-year-old retailer will survive at all. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2023 With glycolic acid, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and the retinol-alternative bakuchiol, your skin will be so glowy that people will wonder who your facialist is. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 14 Jan. 2023 Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher play longtime friends who swap homes and wonder about their relationship in the trailer for Netflix’s rom-com Your Place or Mine. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2023 There are really folks who wonder if the Cowboys will fire McCarthy if Dallas doesn’t win a playoff game. Dallas News, 9 Jan. 2023 But some military experts wonder if the successes are sustainable. Matthew Mpoke Bigg, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2023 But while progressives suggest that the difference between a win and a loss in Wisconsin was more investment, others wonder if the Barnes campaign made a strategic error in not directly rebutting Johnson’s attacks earlier on. Time, 3 Jan. 2023 The people who care about you likely wonder what caused this reclusiveness, and updating them on your current life should be worth it. Chicago Tribune, 31 Dec. 2022 Then came the bombshell revelation that the player nicknamed PBJ (his initials) had never had a PBJ until a week or so ago, making everyone facetiously wonder what was wrong with his parents. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Dec. 2022
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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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of wonder was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wonder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonder. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

wonder

1 of 2 noun
won·​der ˈwən-dər How to pronounce wonder (audio)
1
: something extraordinary or surprising : marvel
the pyramid is a wonder of ancient Egypt
2
a
: a feeling (as awe, astonishment, or uncertainty) caused by something extraordinary, mysterious, or new to one's experience
b
: the quality of exciting wonder
the charm and wonder of the scene

wonder

2 of 2 verb
wondered; wondering -d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce wonder (audio)
1
: to feel surprise or amazement
2
: to have curiosity or doubt
I wondered about that
wonderer noun

Biographical Definition

Wonder

biographical name

Won·​der ˈwən-dər How to pronounce Wonder (audio)
Stevie 1950–     born Stevland Hardaway Judkins American singer, songwriter and instrumentalist

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