from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of eliciting wonder; astonishing: "The ... whale is one of the most wonderful animals in the world” ( Charles Darwin).
- adj. Admirable; excellent: "The spirit of the movement was wonderful. It was joyous and grave at the same time” ( Christabel Pankhurst).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tending to excite wonder; surprising, extraordinary.
- adj. Surprisingly excellent; very good or admirable, extremely impressive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Adapted to excite wonder or admiration; surprising; strange; astonishing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a nature or kind to excite wonder or admiration; strange; astonishing; surprising; marvelous.
- Synonyms Wonderful, Strange, Surprising, Curious, Unique, extraordinary, marvelous, amazing, startling, wondrous (poetic). Wonderful generally refers to something above the common, and so marvelous, perhaps almost incredible. Strange refers rather to something beside the common—that is, simply very unusual or odd, and so exciting surprise or wonder. Anything that excites awe or high admiration, or strikes one as sublime, is wonderful; an unpleasant object may be strange, but would not be called wonderful. That which is unexpected is surprising, but it is not necessarily strange; as, a surprising fact; a surprising discovery in science. Curious is wonderful on a small scale; by its derivation it often refers to an object extremely nice and intricate or elaborate in itsdetails, but also it oft en conveys thenotion of pleasing strangeness and even of rarity: as, a curious bit of mosaic; a curious piece of mechanism; a curiously colored stone. Unique expresses that which is sole of its kind or quality: as, a unique book; a unique sort of person. See eccentric and surprise.
- Wonderfully; exceedingly; very.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
From Middle English, from Old English wundorful ("wonderful"), equivalent to wonder + -ful. Cognate Dutch wondervol ("wonderful"), German wundervoll ("wonderful"). (Wiktionary)