- 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 wonderedspeculate, think, stare, admire, marvel, conjecture, inquire, puzzle, question, disbelieve, meditate, query, boggle, gape, gawk
Examples from the Web for wondered
Contemporary Examples of 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.The Day I Used Eric Garner’s Voice
December 5, 2014
Still, he admitted—without disclosing his salary—that he wondered whether the paychecks were too good to last.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
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
November 23, 2014
The conference room suddenly felt very warm, and I wondered if the AC had gone out.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
I wondered who else was making a mark in the field in these turbulent times.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
Historical Examples of wondered
As they walked single-file through the narrowing of a drift, she wondered about him.
Miss Milbrey wondered somewhat; but her mind was easy, for her resolution had been taken.
And as for Shepler—he wondered if Shepler knew just what risks he might be taking on.
This reflection we should have wondered at from you once; but now we don't.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Omar Ben Sufi sat down in the middle of the street, and wondered.A Night Out
- 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