- 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.
- 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.
- for a wonder, as the reverse of what might be expected; surprisingly: For a wonder, they worked hard all day.
Origin of wonder
Synonyms for wonderSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for wonderbewilderment, skepticism, reverence, fascination, confusion, shock, admiration, doubt, astonishment, curiosity, uncertainty, surprise, awe, fear, phenomenon, oddity, miracle, spectacle, marvel, speculate
Examples from the Web for wonder
Contemporary Examples of wonder
Really, is it any wonder that fluoride should freak people out?Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
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
January 8, 2015
But we are afraid and we wonder to ourselves who will be next.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Is it any wonder that the interests of large corporations and unions get to the front of the line?The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
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
January 1, 2015
Historical Examples of wonder
The birds feel it—and wonder at the tune that makes no noise.
"If you still love Paralus, I wonder you can be so quiet and cheerful," said Eudora.
"I wonder what the old man will say when he sees me," he soliloquized.
Where is he, I wonder, and how long have I got to wait for him?
I wonder what Will Paine will say when he sees the good care you take of it.
- the feeling excited by something strange; a mixture of surprise, curiosity, and sometimes awe
- something that causes such a feeling, such as a miracle
- See Seven Wonders of the World
- (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
- (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
Word Origin for wonder
- Stevie. real name Steveland Judkins Morris. born 1950, US Motown singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His recordings include Up-Tight (1966), "Superstition" (1972), Innervisions (1973), Songs in the Key of Life (1976), and "I Just Called to Say I Love You" (1985)
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