verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- won ton,
- won't hear of,
- won't wash,
- wonder boy,
- wonder child,
- wonder drug,
Origin of wonder
Examples from the Web for wonder
Really, is it any wonder that fluoride should freak people out?
I wonder what that lady is doing now, and if she knows what she set in motion with Archer?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But we are afraid and we wonder to ourselves who will be next.
Is it any wonder that the interests of large corporations and unions get to the front of the line?
I often wonder what contributions to art and innovation society would have gathered if not for how it treats trans individuals.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was very brilliant and very dazzling, and gave enough to think about and wonder about for many days.Round the Sofa|Elizabeth Gaskell
Flavia stood still, looking at the other girl with slow-gathering, incredulous resentment and wonder.From the Car Behind|Eleanor M. Ingram
Wonder at the great work of God who thus glorifies our flesh!Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family|Elizabeth Rundle Charles
"I wonder what's in it," said Sue, as her brother and Harry prepared to wade out.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove|Laura Lee Hope
In cases such as have been described here readers might wonder why names, dates and places are not revealed.
verb (when tr, may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for wonder
Old English wundor "marvelous thing, marvel, the object of astonishment," from Proto-Germanic *wundran (cf. Old Saxon wundar, Middle Dutch, Dutch wonder, Old High German wuntar, German wunder, Old Norse undr), of unknown origin. In Middle English it also came to mean the emotion associated with such a sight (late 13c.). The verb is from Old English wundrian. Used colloquially in Pennsylvania German areas in some transitive senses (It wonders me that ... for "I wonder why ..."); this was common in Middle English and as late as Tindale (1533), and a correspondent reports the usage also yet survives in Yorkshire/Lincolnshire. Related: Wondered, wondering, wonders.
In addition to the idiom beginning with wonder
- wonders will never cease
- for a wonder
- no wonder
- work wonders