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verb (used without object)
  1. to think or speculate curiously: to wonder about the origin of the solar system.
  2. to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (often followed by at): He wondered at her composure in such a crisis.
  3. to doubt: I wonder if she'll really get here.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to speculate curiously or be curious about; be curious to know: to wonder what happened.
  2. to feel wonder at: I wonder that you went.
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. miraculous deed or event; remarkable phenomenon.
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  1. for a wonder, as the reverse of what might be expected; surprisingly: For a wonder, they worked hard all day.
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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

Synonyms for wonder

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Historical Examples of wonderers

  • The starers, and wonderers, and gapers engross a very large share of the attention of all the sons of the type.

    The Collector

    Henry T. Tuckerman

  • There are two kinds of men: the wonderers and the doers; the feelers and the thinkers; the emotionals and the intellectuals.

British Dictionary definitions for wonderers


  1. the feeling excited by something strange; a mixture of surprise, curiosity, and sometimes awe
  2. something that causes such a feeling, such as a miracle
  3. See Seven Wonders of the World
  4. (modifier) exciting wonder by virtue of spectacular results achieved, feats performed, etca wonder drug; a wonder horse
  5. do wonders or work wonders to achieve spectacularly fine results
  6. for a wonder surprisingly or amazingly
  7. nine days' wonder a subject that arouses general surprise or public interest for a short time
  8. no wonder (sentence connector) (I am) not surprised at all (that)no wonder he couldn't come
  9. small wonder (sentence connector) (I am) hardly surprised (that)small wonder he couldn't make it tonight
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verb (when tr, may take a clause as object)
  1. (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
  2. (when intr, often foll by at) to be amazed (at something)I wonder at your impudence
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Derived Formswonderer, nounwonderless, adjective

Word Origin for wonder

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


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Word Origin and History for wonderers



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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wonderers


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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