[ wuhn-der ]
/ ˈwʌn dər /
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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for a wonder, as the reverse of what might be expected; surprisingly: For a wonder, they worked hard all day.
Origin of wonder
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English wundor; cognate with Dutch wonder, German Wunder, Old Norse undr; (v.) Middle English wonderen, Old English wundrian, derivative of the noun
Related formswon·der·er, nounwon·der·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for for a wonder (1 of 2)
/ (ˈwʌndə) /
the feeling excited by something strange; a mixture of surprise, curiosity, and sometimes awe
something that causes such a feeling, such as a miracle
(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
verb (when tr, may take a clause as object)
(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
Derived Formswonderer, nounwonderless, adjective
Word Origin for wonder
Old English wundor; related to Old Saxon wundar, Old Norse undr, German Wunder
British Dictionary definitions for for a wonder (2 of 2)
/ (ˈwʌndə) /
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Idioms and Phrases with for a wonder (1 of 2)
for a wonder
Surprisingly, strange to say, as in For a wonder he didn't argue with the waiter about the bill. [Late 1700s]
Idioms and Phrases with for a wonder (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with wonder
- wonders will never cease
- for a wonder
- no wonder
- work wonders
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