verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wonder
Synonyms for wonder
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
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