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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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Examples from the Web for wonderfulness
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  • That was the intolerable thing—his wonderfulness, his damned wonderfulness.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • No words can describe your wonderfulness, so I send you my heart instead.

    Bird of Paradise

    Ada Leverson
  • But it was Audrey who most deeply had the sense of the wonderfulness of the thing.

    The Lion's Share E. Arnold Bennett
  • The drive across the wonderfulness of the moor was a soothing thing.

    The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Americans are a great people, but disagree with their wonderfulness.

    The House of the Misty Star Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
  • The wonderfulness of him was the surrounding atmosphere she had felt as a little child.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Day by day the wonderfulness of life is becoming lost to us.

    Prose Fancies Richard Le Gallienne
  • There is no more evanescent quality in an accomplished fact than its wonderfulness.

  • Had Mary been a mother, William's wonderfulness would have been less greatly important.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • She talked about the wonderfulness of his love, such as she never could have believed, and never could deserve.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
British Dictionary definitions for wonderfulness


exciting a feeling of wonder; marvellous or strange
extremely fine; excellent
Derived Forms
wonderfully, adverb
wonderfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wonderfulness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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