- to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon).
- to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully: He pondered his next words thoroughly.
Origin of ponder
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Examples from the Web for ponderer
How he had suffered—he, modern of moderns, dreamer of dreams, and ponderer of problems!Dreamers of the Ghetto
This leads us to the second phase of Miller's personality: he was a philosopher, a ponderer upon the deeper things of the spirit.A History of American Literature Since 1870
Fred Lewis Pattee
This unexpected, formidable if flashing into his mind stopped the ponderer in his slow walk.The Saint
- (when intr, sometimes foll by on or over) to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
Word Origin and History for ponderer
early 14c., "to estimate the worth of, to appraise," from Old French ponderer "to weigh, poise" (14c., Modern French pondérer) and directly from Latin ponderare "ponder, consider, reflect," literally "to weigh," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weigh" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "to weigh a matter mentally" is attested from late 14c. Related: Pondered; pondering; ponderation.