- expressing admiration or amazement; marveling.
Origin of wondering
- 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 wonderingawestruck, curious, fascinated, awed, admiring, inquiring, questioning, speculating, pondering, speculative
Examples from the Web for wondering
Contemporary Examples of wondering
Whether it is openly stated or not, I think everyone is wondering if they could find “the one.”The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
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In the back of my mind I was wondering how much time we had before there might be an ominous knock at the door.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
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He said Jay was anxious and wondering why it was taking so long for the police to arrive.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
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You may be wondering what work of monumental consequence is contained within these gilded pages.Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
The everyday stress, wondering if the other shoe was going to drop and I was going to be outed, is what led to me outing myself.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
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Historical Examples of wondering
I have been thinking about that day, wondering what I could do to help you.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
At first you kept on wondering what the joke was, till you saw it was only a habit Sarah had.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Between the "wondering" and the noun there had been an observable pause.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
There was a wistfulness about Tillie's mouth that set him wondering.
"I guess you've been wondering why you haven't heard from me," he said.
- 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