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[wuhn-der-fuh l]
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  1. excellent; great; marvelous: We all had a wonderful weekend.
  2. 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 formswon·der·ful·ly, adverbwon·der·ful·ness, nounun·won·der·ful, adjectiveun·won·der·ful·ly, adverb


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1. awesome, wondrous, miraculous, prodigious, astonishing, amazing, astounding, phenomenal, unique, curious, strange.
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  • Wonderful are the accounts he brings of that far-off world, where his spirit wanders.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • So far, the story of ancient man has been the record of a wonderful achievement.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • 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

  • But how wonderful and quick my touch has got, and how kind is heaven there, sir!

British Dictionary definitions for wonderful


  1. exciting a feeling of wonder; marvellous or strange
  2. extremely fine; excellent
Derived Formswonderfully, adverbwonderfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wonderful


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper