Definition of wonder in English:

wonder

Syllabification: won·der
Pronunciation: /ˈwəndər
 
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noun

1A feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable: he had stood in front of it, observing the intricacy of the ironwork with the wonder of a child
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  • She remembered his other expressions, wonder, joy, amazement; all positive feelings.
  • But that fear was drowned out by the overwhelming emotions that filled her: awe and wonder, expectation and joy.
  • For most of us this remarkable series of volumes will be a constant source of wonder, amazement, and re-thinking.
Synonyms
awe, admiration, wonderment, fascination;
1.1The quality of a person or thing that causes wonder: Athens was a place of wonder and beauty
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  • Explore the wonders of coral reefs, mangrove communities, and seagrass beds while identifying the marine organisms that live there.
  • Divers can explore the underwater wonders of Eastern Indonesia on seven to eight days cruises to the islands of Komodo, Alor, Flores, Sumbawa and Lombok.
  • And new galleries exploring the wonders of astronomy and the study of time and an improved astronomy education centre will be opened in the South Building along with a shop and cafe.
Synonyms
marvel, miracle, phenomenon, sensation, spectacle, beauty;
curiosity
informal humdinger
1.2A strange or remarkable person, thing, or event: the electric trolley car was looked upon as the wonder of the age
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  • This is a magical world brimming with wonders, diverse and remarkable.
  • It's no wonder that across the country they increasingly regard their elected representatives as gutless wonders.
  • It has been less than a week since the gutless wonder conceded the election way too soon.
1.3 [as modifier] Having remarkable properties or abilities: a wonder drug
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  • If they fail, the properties of this wonder oil may be known all over the world, but there will be no trees left to supply the market.
  • Now the race is on to create and test synthetic forms - and it is not the only wonder drug on the horizon.
  • It is the latest health benefit to be associated with the wonder drug.
1.4 [in singular] A surprising event or situation: it is a wonder that losses are not much greater
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  • It was a wonder Sorsha did not strangle them in her frenzy of relief and gratitude.
  • It's a wonder I wasn't strangled before opening night, but at that age, precocious is cute.
  • With his words fresh in my mind from the night before, it was hardly surprising; it was more a wonder that it had taken him so long.

verb

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1Desire or be curious to know something: how many times have I written that, I wonder? [with clause]: I can’t help wondering how Stasia and Katie are feeling
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  • Those of us who live in the provinces wonder at the obsessive efforts of some Tory politicians to ingratiate themselves with that lobby.
  • Children wonder at the crossings as the light-blinking boom-gates close for the pistons.
  • He would wonder at the human body's capacity to do all that and more!
Synonyms
ponder, think about, meditate on, reflect on, muse on, puzzle over, speculate about, conjecture;
be curious about
1.1 [with clause] Used to express a polite question or request: I wonder whether you have thought more about it?
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  • I've been considering my last question, and I wondered whether the church in the photograph is in Venice?
  • But from your question I wonder whether you are not inviting people to make this false choice, between New York or Paris?
  • I was wondering whether non-golden bangles and necklaces are forbidden for males.
1.2Feel doubt: I wonder about such a marriage
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  • They go on to wonder about the logic of Minister McDowell s actions given his stated aim of curbing excessive drinking.
  • However, when you start to nitpick at really silly things, then I cannot help but to wonder about motive.
  • It is true we are in an uncertain period but I wonder about the collective ‘mental state’ at the moment.
2Feel admiration and amazement; marvel: people stood by and wondered at such bravery (as adjective wondering) a wondering look on her face
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  • He followed her brisk stride, through the hallways and into her office, all the while wondering at the marvel that was Katherine Wood.
  • Talking to them, we wondered at the freedom they had enjoyed from an early age.
  • She wondered at the invisibility that her clothing offered her.
Synonyms
marvel, be amazed, be astonished, stand in awe, be dumbfounded, gape, goggle
informal be flabbergasted
2.1Be surprised: if I feel compassion for her, it is not to be wondered at
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  • Now I'm wondering if Sergei was surprised to see it, in ‘real life’ etc.
  • I was surprised, wondering if there was anything wrong with me.
  • But, because of my past, I think it took a lot of people by surprise. They wondered what was happening to me.

Origin

Old English wundor (noun), wundrian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wonder and German Wunder, of unknown ultimate origin.

Phrases

I shouldn't wonder

informal , chiefly British I think it likely.
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  • Just sign up as a professional after-dinner speaker and people will listen in wonderment to how you almost made a success out of such a damned silly idea - seven and half thousand pounds a time I shouldn't wonder, and maybe more.
  • Probably East German or Slavic, I shouldn't wonder.
  • Jon was more than happy with losing the match to get us out of there, so we left - or rather the group left, dragging me with it - muttering to myself, I shouldn't wonder.

no (or little or small) wonder

It is not surprising: it is little wonder that the fax machine is so popular
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  • No wonder tots are frustrated, no wonder they lie on the floor kicking and hollering.
  • With comments like that, it is little wonder that the market was surprised by the sellout move.
  • It's no wonder that it is thought of as a dirty and degrading profession.

ninety-day (or thirty-day or one-day) wonder

Something that attracts enthusiastic interest for a short while but is then ignored or forgotten.
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  • Was it just a nine days' wonder that faded as fast as it arrived?
  • Animal Rights groups here are voluntary and struggle to campaign whilst faced with an apathetic response once the initial seven-day wonder period of a highlighted abuse passes.
  • I don't normally keep a diary, so I will retrospectively reconstruct the main events and impressions of a seven-day wonder that had no precedent.
(usually ninety-day (or thirty-day) wonder) A person who has had intensive military training for the specified time.
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  • Officers-in-training were with us for three months, hence their nickname "ninety-day wonders."

wonders will never cease

An exclamation of great surprise at something pleasing.
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  • And it is still going - wonders will never cease.
  • Having a laugh with the old pair, wonders will never cease, before returning to watch Andy Garcia passing judgement on the TV screen, glass of wine to hand.
  • A teenager who doesn't seize the opportunity to lounge about the house, wonders will never cease.

work (or do) wonders

Have a very beneficial effect on someone or something: a good night’s sleep can work wonders for mind and body
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  • The addition of surround effects does wonders for the audio space.
  • With time running out, Reed brought Iain Dunn, Matty Albery and Paul Stansfield off the bench and the move worked wonders.
  • Gunnado Farm near Walkaway has not only wonderful views but it does wonders to help young people find their way.

Derivatives

wonderer

noun
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  • How inspiring things were in the slower days, when wonderment was a common pastime as I recall, wisdom-seeds falling on the wonderer's mind from every direction for careful germination.
  • A small group of wonderers stood in the middle of the street, talking silently amongst themselves.
  • Wondering becomes wandering in this poem, Olds inseparable from her mother, Olds the wonderer, the mother the wanderer-all of it within tight halls and rooms or within the closeting of the poem itself.

wonderingly

adverb
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  • ‘We've only been a band for, like, seven or eight years,’ he says wonderingly.
  • For my part I'd had some idea that bingo was somehow down to skill and, finding I was wrong, repeated wonderingly, after every game, ‘It's just pure luck!’
  • ‘He got back to the village that evening, gave his message, had four hours rest, and then ran straight back to us through the night,’ says Dr Patterson, wonderingly.

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