Definitions

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

  • n. A child prodigy.
  • n. A person of remarkable talent or ability who achieves great success or acclaim at an early age.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A child prodigy; a phenom.
  • n. A highly talented or gifted individual; one who is successful at a young age.

Etymologies

German : Wunder, wonder, prodigy (from Middle High German, from Old High German wuntar) + Kind, child; see kindergarten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Wunderkind, from Wunder ("wonder") + Kind ("child"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Henry's first move was to fire Dan Duquette as general manager and later on bring in wunderkind Theo Epstein.

    Liverpool Fans, Meet John Henry

  • More to the point this market often seems a lot more dynamic, a lot more exciting, and a lot more relevant than some uptown gallery full of middle-class bores clinking champagne glasses and droning on about how jejune the latest wunderkind is really, darling, just sooo trite, really, overhyped.

    Archive 2005-03-01

  • According to Montague, Maughn never referred to the wunderkind by name, just as “a young Negro ballplayer … with a great arm.”

    WILLIE MAYS

  • Viewing all he was able to achieve, the term "wunderkind" feels like an inadequate description of the man.

    John Farr: R.W. Fassbinder, Twisted Genius

  • Dishonorable Mention: Former wunderkind and current wunderkind (if you define "wunderkind" as a megalomaniacal tool who's inexplicably been allowed to run a television network into the ground with zero accountability) Jeff Zucker and Ben Silverman, respectively.

    One Last Look Back: The 10 Most Ridiculous, Shameful, or Generally Unfortunate People and Events of 2008

  • Among Mr. Barkan's ideas was the pairing of pianist Eldar, a "wunderkind" at 22 years old, and guitarist Pat Martino, a "grand master of jazz guitar" at 66.

    At Dizzy's, the Future of Jazz Is Being Written

  • Dishonorable Mention: Former wunderkind and current wunderkind if you define "wunderkind" as a megalomaniacal tool who's inexplicably been allowed to run a television network into the ground with zero accountability Jeff Zucker and Ben Silverman, respectively.

    Chez Pazienza: One Last Look Back: The 10 Most Ridiculous, Shameful, or Generally Unfortunate People and Events of 2008

  • Instead, it is, in all seriousness, a Web-streamed ad for a new book by three very ambitious Republican congressmen, Kevin McCarthy of California, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Eric Cantor, the House minority whip and "wunderkind" from Henrico County.

    'Young Gun' Cantor -- Main Street Republican

  • I'm sure that Unca Dick and Dumbya couldn't have been prouder, after they made DAMNED SURE that their "wunderkind," prodigy-boy, damned near the progeny of their own twisted loins, PIYUSH JINDHAL, was FINALLY able to be "elected" (much as yer boy Dumbya was "elected" in 2000, by the Corporate Supreme Court) to the Gubner's Office!

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Ken Bruen's Galway have a decent team this year, with some kind of a 'wunderkind' Joe Canning leading their attack

    Do hard-edged crime series get harder as they progress?

Comments

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  • She's just unkind.

    January 28, 2008

  • At least I have an excuse for this one. I first heard of it in Alanis Morissette's song by the same name on the Narnia soundtrack, and she pronounces the "kind" part like...well, "kind". Maybe a couple months ago I heard Ryan say the same word on The Office, only he pronounced the "kind" part the same way you do in, say, "kindergarten". So I had to look it up. Turns out Ryan was right.

    So I'm really wondering why Alanis Morissette said it funny.

    January 28, 2008