Definition of ponder in English:


Line breaks: pon¦der
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒndə


[with object]



noun ( • rare )
More example sentences
  • And the worst part is that, where I usually question my friends when things go bad & wonder whether they're worth it & other uberdramatic ponderations, at the moment I seem to be questioning my devotion to them.
  • So it was only after ten minutes of steamy ponderation that I finally clucked my tongue for the last time and turned on BBEdit's ‘Show Line Numbers’ feature to get my score.
  • There is so much out there to think about, to enrich ourselves with and to use our cerebral matter in ponderation that it seemed to me to be almost a crime for these people not to use their grey matter to its full potential!


Middle English (in the sense 'appraise, judge the worth of'): from Old French ponderer 'consider', from Latin ponderare 'weigh, reflect on', from pondus, ponder- 'weight'.

More definitions of ponder

Definition of ponder in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day milord
Pronunciation: mɪˈlɔːd
used to address an English nobleman