[ wuhn-der-ing ]
/ ˈwʌn dər ɪŋ /


expressing admiration or amazement; marveling.

Origin of wondering

First recorded in 1585–95; wonder + -ing2

Related forms

won·der·ing·ly, adverbun·won·der·ing, adjective

Definition for wondering (2 of 2)


[ wuhn-der ]
/ ˈwʌn dər /

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.


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 forms

won·der·er, nounwon·der·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wondering (1 of 2)


/ (ˈwʌndə) /


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 Forms

wonderer, nounwonderless, adjective

Word Origin for wonder

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

British Dictionary definitions for wondering (2 of 2)


/ (ˈwʌndə) /


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Idioms and Phrases with wondering


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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