wonder

[ wuhn-der ]
/ ˈwʌn dər /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to speculate curiously or be curious about; be curious to know: to wonder what happened.
to feel wonder at: I wonder that you went.

noun

Idioms

    for a wonder, as the reverse of what might be expected; surprisingly: For a wonder, they worked hard all day.

Origin of wonder

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English wundor; cognate with Dutch wonder, German Wunder, Old Norse undr; (v.) Middle English wonderen, Old English wundrian, derivative of the noun
Related formswon·der·er, nounwon·der·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for wonderer

  • The child who was made a wonderer and a problem finder by God is made a problem solver by teachers.

    Dickens As an Educator|James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
  • Of all the wonderful things God hath made, man the wonderer is himself the most wonderful.

    A Man's Value to Society|Newell Dwight Hillis
  • This wonderer in America is, if possible, more ludicrous than in England.

    Talkers|John Bate
  • But widen though his impulses might, the latent hunter and wanderer and wonderer in his imagination outstripped their development.

    The World Set Free|Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for wonderer (1 of 2)

wonder

/ (ˈwʌndə) /

noun

verb (when tr, may take a clause as object)

(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
Derived Formswonderer, nounwonderless, adjective

Word Origin for wonder

Old English wundor; related to Old Saxon wundar, Old Norse undr, German Wunder

British Dictionary definitions for wonderer (2 of 2)

Wonder

/ (ˈwʌndə) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for wonderer

wonder


n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wonderer

wonder


In addition to the idiom beginning with wonder

  • wonders will never cease

also see:

  • for a wonder
  • no wonder
  • work wonders
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