- to think or speculate curiously: to wonder about the origin of the solar system.
- to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (often followed by at): He wondered at her composure in such a crisis.
- to doubt: I wonder if she'll really get here.
- to speculate curiously or be curious about; be curious to know: to wonder what happened.
- to feel wonder at: I wonder that you went.
- something strange and surprising; a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration: That building is a wonder. It is a wonder he declined such an offer.
- the emotion excited by what is strange and surprising; a feeling of surprised or puzzled interest, sometimes tinged with admiration: He felt wonder at seeing the Grand Canyon.
- miraculous deed or event; remarkable phenomenon.
- for a wonder, as the reverse of what might be expected; surprisingly: For a wonder, they worked hard all day.
Origin of wonder
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- the feeling excited by something strange; a mixture of surprise, curiosity, and sometimes awe
- something that causes such a feeling, such as a miracle
- See Seven Wonders of the World
- (modifier) exciting wonder by virtue of spectacular results achieved, feats performed, etca wonder drug; a wonder horse
- do wonders or work wonders to achieve spectacularly fine results
- for a wonder surprisingly or amazingly
- nine days' wonder a subject that arouses general surprise or public interest for a short time
- no wonder (sentence connector) (I am) not surprised at all (that)no wonder he couldn't come
- small wonder (sentence connector) (I am) hardly surprised (that)small wonder he couldn't make it tonight
- (when intr, often foll by about) to indulge in speculative inquiry, often accompanied by an element of doubt (concerning something)I wondered about what she said; I wonder what happened
- (when intr, often foll by at) to be amazed (at something)I wonder at your impudence
- Stevie. real name Steveland Judkins Morris. born 1950, US Motown singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His recordings include Up-Tight (1966), "Superstition" (1972), Innervisions (1973), Songs in the Key of Life (1976), and "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (1985)
Word Origin and History for for a wonder
Old English wundor "marvelous thing, marvel, the object of astonishment," from Proto-Germanic *wundran (cf. Old Saxon wundar, Middle Dutch, Dutch wonder, Old High German wuntar, German wunder, Old Norse undr), of unknown origin. In Middle English it also came to mean the emotion associated with such a sight (late 13c.). The verb is from Old English wundrian. Used colloquially in Pennsylvania German areas in some transitive senses (It wonders me that ... for "I wonder why ..."); this was common in Middle English and as late as Tindale (1533), and a correspondent reports the usage also yet survives in Yorkshire/Lincolnshire. Related: Wondered, wondering, wonders.
Idioms and Phrases with for a wonder
for a wonder
Surprisingly, strange to say, as in For a wonder he didn't argue with the waiter about the bill. [Late 1700s]