Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration; a marvel: "The decision of one age or country is a wonder to another” ( John Stuart Mill).
  • n. The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or marvelous: gazed with wonder at the northern lights.
  • n. An event inexplicable by the laws of nature; a miracle.
  • n. A feeling of puzzlement or doubt.
  • n. A monumental human creation regarded with awe, especially one of seven monuments of the ancient world that appeared on various lists of late antiquity.
  • intransitive v. To have a feeling of awe or admiration; marvel: "She wondered at all the things civilization can teach a woman to endure” ( Frances Newman).
  • intransitive v. To have a feeling of surprise.
  • intransitive v. To be filled with curiosity or doubt.
  • transitive v. To feel curiosity or be in doubt about: wondered what happened.
  • adj. Arousing awe or admiration.
  • adj. Wonderful.
  • adj. Far superior to anything formerly recognized or foreseen.
  • idiom for a wonder As a cause for surprise; surprisingly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that causes amazement or awe, a marvel.
  • n. Something astonishing and seemingly inexplicable.
  • n. Someone very talented at something, a genius.
  • n. The sense or emotion which can be inspired by something curious or unknown.
  • n. A mental pondering, a thought.
  • v. To ponder about something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wonderful.
  • adv. Wonderfully.
  • n. That emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, or not well understood; surprise; astonishment; admiration; amazement.
  • n. A cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle.
  • intransitive v. To be affected with surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel.
  • intransitive v. To feel doubt and curiosity; to wait with uncertain expectation; to query in the mind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be affected with wonder or surprise; marvel; be amazed: formerly with a reflexive dative.
  • To look with or feel admiration.
  • To entertain some doubt or curiosity in reference to some matter; speculate expectantly; be in a state of expectation mingled with doubt and slight anxiety or wistfulness: as, I wonder whether we shall reach the place in time: hence, I wonder is often equivalent to ‘I should like to know.’
  • To be curious about; wish to know; speculate in regard to: as, I wonder where John has gone.
  • To surprise; amaze.
  • Wonderful.
  • Wonderfully; exceedingly; very.
  • n. A strange tiling; a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration; in a restricted sense, a miracle; a marvel, prodigy, or portent.
  • n. That emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, not well understood, or that arrests the attention by its novelty, grandeur, or inexplicitbleness.
  • n. A cruller.
  • n. =Syn.1. Sign, marvel, phenomenon, spectacle, rarity.
  • n. Surprise, bewilderment. See def. 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
  • v. be amazed at
  • v. place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
  • v. have a wish or desire to know something
  • n. a state in which you want to learn more about something
  • n. something that causes feelings of wonder

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English wundor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English wonder, wunder, from Old English wundor ("wonder, miracle, marvel, portent, horror; wondrous thing, monster"), from Proto-Germanic *wundran (“miracle, wonder”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to wish for, desire, strive for, win, love”). Cognate with Scots wunner ("wonder"), West Frisian wonder, wûnder ("wonder, miracle"), Dutch wonder ("miracle, wonder"), Low German wunner, wunder ("wonder"), German Wunder ("miracle, wonder"), Swedish under ("wonder, miracle"), Icelandic undur ("wonder"). Possible extra-Germanic cognate include Albanian ëndërr ("dream, wonder") geg var. andër, ondër. (Wiktionary)
From Old English wundrian. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "O, I wonder -- I _wonder_ if she will really try to get the place," Olga said to herself as the door closed.

    The Torch Bearer A Camp Fire Girls' Story

  • "I wonder, -- I _wonder_ -- if I shall ever live anything all straight out!"

    Real Folks

  • Now don 'wonder, don' wonder— "He became so emphatic in impressing on Carling the fact that he didn't wonder that he lost the thread of his discourse and concluded by announcing to the bar at large that he was a" physcal anmal. "

    Book 2, Chapter 2. Experiments in Convalescence.

  • Oh, I wonder "(and here, no doubt, the little creases came into her cheeks again, for she laughed softly to herself)," I _wonder_ what they'll say or do when they find out! "

    In Brief Authority

  • Sanchez started out as a youth recruit at Chilean club Cobreloa, where his goal-scoring exploits earned him the nickname "wonder kid".

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • And: Whether wonder is an expression of extreme depression that cannot abide confrontation with grotesque reality or merely a convenient avoidance of same, it uniformly evokes deep nostalgia for the personal or political past that existed before we came to this pass of maturity or social, national, or international distress.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • "In Other Worlds" Doubleday, 255 pages, $24.95 is Ms. Atwood's engaging account of a lifetime's reactions to what she calls "wonder tales," from the "flying rabbits" of her childhood imagination to discovering H.

    The Future of Science Fiction

  • If not, he will be a one term wonder and the left will be out forever - but at some considerable short term cost.

    Smoking Guns and the Morality of Parliamentary Privilege

  • If Republicans turn President Obama into a one-term wonder, which is certainly possible, and if they have control of the House and Senate, which I think they will, their first bill should repeal the health care taxes, if not repealing the entire thing.

    Jihad Monitor

  • George H.W. was a one term wonder who is not worth the oxygen waisted to talk about.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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