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Wonder \Won"der\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wondered; p. pr. & vb. n. Wondering.] [AS. wundrian.] [1913 Webster]
To be affected with surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel. [1913 Webster] I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals. --Swift. [1913 Webster] We cease to wonder at what we understand. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]
To feel doubt and curiosity; to wait with uncertain expectation; to query in the mind; as, he wondered why they came. [1913 Webster] I wonder, in my soul, What you would ask me, that I should deny. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Wonder \Won"der\, n. [OE. wonder, wunder, AS. wundor; akin to D. wonder, OS. wundar, OHG. wuntar, G. wunder, Icel. undr, Sw. & Dan. under, and perhaps to Gr. ? to gaze at.] [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] They were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. --Acts iii.
[1913 Webster] Wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] Note: Wonder expresses less than astonishment, and much less than amazement. It differs from admiration, as now used, in not being necessarily accompanied with love, esteem, or approbation. [1913 Webster]
A cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle. " Babylon, the wonder of all tongues." --Milton. [1913 Webster] To try things oft, and never to give over, doth wonders. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] I am as a wonder unto many. --Ps. lxxi.
[1913 Webster] Seven wonders of the world. See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction. [1913 Webster]
Wonder \Won"der\, a. Wonderful. [Obs.] --Gower. [1913 Webster] After that he said a wonder thing. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Wonder \Won"der\, adv. Wonderfully. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising [syn: wonderment, admiration]
2 something that causes feelings of wonder; "the wonders of modern science" [syn: marvel]
3 a state in which you want to learn more about something [syn: curiosity]


1 have a wish or desire to know something; "He wondered who had built this beautiful church" [syn: inquire, enquire]
2 place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight" [syn: question]
3 be amazed at; "We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities" [syn: marvel]

Moby Thesaurus

admiration, agonize over, amaze, amazement, assailability, astonishing thing, astonishment, awe, be amazed, be astonished, be at sea, be innocent of, be uncertain, beat about, bewilderment, concern, coquet with, curiosity, cynosure, dabble, doubt, dubiety, enchantment, exception, fantasy, fear, feel unsure, ferlie, first-rater, flounder, gape, gawk, gaze, gazingstock, genius, give up, grope, have no idea, incertitude, know a little, know not, know not what, know nothing of, leading light, luminary, marvel, marveling, marvelment, miracle, mistrust, nonesuch, not know, not rightly know, pass, perplexity, phenomenon, portent, prodigy, puzzle over, puzzlement, question, quite a thing, rarity, reverence, scratch the surface, sensation, shock, sight, sign, skepticism, smatter, something else, spectacle, stand aghast, star, stare, stare openmouthed, stunner, superstar, suspicion, thrash about, topnotcher, toy with, virtuoso, vulnerability, wonder whether, wonderful thing, wonderment, wonderwork, wot not of
see Wonder


Etymology 1

Old English wundor


  • (UK) /ˈwʌndə/
  • (US) /ˈwʌndɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌndə(r)
  • Hyphenation: won·der


  1. A mental pondering.
  2. Something that causes amazement or awe.



Etymology 2

Old English wundrian


  1. To ponder about something.


Derived terms



  1. miracle


Wonder may refer to:
wonder in German: Wonder
wonder in French: Wonder
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