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.
Idioms about wonder
- won·der·er, noun
- won·der·less, adjective
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How to use wonder in a sentence
The treatment may not work perfectly—unlike the latest herbal wonder, which of course fixes your brain and all that’s not wrong with it.How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It - Facts So Romantic | Stuart Firestein | August 28, 2020 | Nautilus
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East Africa is home to several visible geographical wonders that have attracted tourists to the area.Scientists say a new ocean will form in Africa as the continent continues to split into two | Uwagbale Edward-Ekpu | August 13, 2020 | Quartz
The pandemic has thrown a floodlight on the inner workings of this modern wonder—and it’s exposed massive vulnerabilities.Why We Need Mass Automation to Pandemic-Proof the Supply Chain | Derik Pridmore | July 10, 2020 | Singularity Hub
I watched Garner die on tape and wondered why I was crying so hard when I am not that much of a cryer at all.
Still, he admitted—without disclosing his salary—that he wondered whether the paychecks were too good to last.
If we wondered where a forger would get the materials to forge a text like this, we need look no further than eBay.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts | Candida Moss | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The conference room suddenly felt very warm, and I wondered if the AC had gone out.
I wondered who else was making a mark in the field in these turbulent times.
In their shelter, Brion and Ulv crouched low and wondered why the attack didn't come.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
Miss Thangue replied, impulsively, "I have often wondered if you numbered satiety among your complexities!"Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
She had never had this curiosity in relation to George Cannon--she had only wondered about his affairs with other women.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
I have looked at these jewelled sun-clusters many a time, and wondered over them.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
She wondered if there were a kind of dreadful dog which made a specialty of eating fathers.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for wonder (1 of 2)
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, etc: a 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
- wonderer, noun
- wonderless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Wonder (2 of 2)
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)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with wonder
In addition to the idiom beginning with wonder
- wonders will never cease
- for a wonder
- no wonder
- work wonders
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