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[wuhn-der-fuh l] /ˈwʌn dər fəl/
excellent; great; marvelous:
We all had a wonderful weekend.
of a sort that causes or arouses wonder; amazing; astonishing:
The storm was wonderful to behold.
Origin of wonderful
before 1100; Middle English; Old English wundorful (see wonder, -ful); cognate with German wundervoll
Related forms
wonderfully, adverb
wonderfulness, noun
unwonderful, adjective
unwonderfully, adverb
1. awesome, wondrous, miraculous, prodigious, astonishing, amazing, astounding, phenomenal, unique, curious, strange. Unabridged
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  • wonderful are the accounts he brings of that far-off world, where his spirit wanders.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • They fought each other for the possession of this wonderful land.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • He had bought the wonderful beasts, greatly envied by all his neighbors.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • So far, the story of ancient man has been the record of a wonderful achievement.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • But how wonderful and quick my touch has got, and how kind is heaven there, sir!

British Dictionary definitions for wonderful


exciting a feeling of wonder; marvellous or strange
extremely fine; excellent
Derived Forms
wonderfully, adverb
wonderfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wonderful

late Old English wunderfull (see wonder). Related: Wonderfully.

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