Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Astonishment, surprise, wonder, wonderfulness, unexpected.
  • n. No wonder, not surprisingly.
  • adj. Unexpected, sudden, terrible, amazing, great or numerous, very.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Singular; wonderful; extraordinary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fearful; terrible.
  • Unexpected; sudden.
  • Singular; wonderful; extraordinary.
  • n. A wonder; a strange deed, event, or object.
  • n. Wonder; astonishment.
  • n. A fault.
  • Fearfully; singularly; wonderfully.
  • Suddenly; hastily; quickly.
  • To wonder.

Etymologies

From Middle English fērlī ("astonishing, surprising, unexpected"), Old English fǣrliċ ("sudden, unexpected"). (Wiktionary)

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  • simply wonderful

    September 28, 2008