verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wonder
Examples from the Web for wondered
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|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.
Was she mistaken that they were full of a wordless apology, she wondered, even as she greeted the two cordially.The Trail of Conflict|Emilie Baker Loring
She felt dazed, and wondered briefly what had happened to her.Master of the Moondog|Stanley Mullen
"'Tain't to be wondered at the girl is loved," continued Willie.Flood Tide|Sara Ware Bassett
I wondered how Ayesha knew that Inez was sick, but being too tired to ask questions, merely bade him lead on.She and Allan|H. Rider Haggard
We wondered how these unfashionable people about us could look so contented and afford to order such liberal supplies.The Car That Went Abroad|Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for wondered (1 of 2)
verb (when tr, may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for wonder
British Dictionary definitions for wondered (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for wondered
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.
Idioms and Phrases with wondered
In addition to the idiom beginning with wonder
- wonders will never cease
- for a wonder
- no wonder
- work wonders