[wuhn-druh s]


wonderful; remarkable.


Archaic. wonderfully; remarkably.

Origin of wondrous

1490–1500; metathetic variant of Middle English wonders (genitive of wonder) wonderful; cognate with German Wunders; spelling conformed to -ous
Related formswon·drous·ly, adverbwon·drous·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of wondrous

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  • He is a wondrous large and strong man, with no ruth for man, woman, or beast.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Now, she spoke with some acerbity in her voice, which could at will be wondrous soft and low.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Though I felt a subtle and wondrous change, I could not trace or track the miracle.

  • The next afternoon, Tiverton saw a strange and wondrous sight.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • The plan must be all right, and wondrous in its possibilities.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

British Dictionary definitions for wondrous



exciting wonder; marvellous


(intensifier)it is wondrous cold
Derived Formswondrously, adverbwondrousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wondrous

c.1500, from Middle English wonders (adj.), c.1300, originally genitive of wonder (n.), with suffix altered by influence of marvelous, etc.

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