Word of the Day: wonder

wonder (verb, noun, adjective) /ˈwʌndɚ/ LISTEN

As a verb, to wonder means ‘to ask yourself’ or ‘to think about something,’ ‘to have doubts about something,’ and also ‘to be amazed,’ usually followed by at. Wonder is also a word used to introduce a request politely. As an uncountable noun, wonder is a feeling of amazement. A wonder is something that surprises and causes curiosity or a remarkable phenomenon. As an adjective, it refers to something amazing.

Example Sentences

  • I wonder whether it will rain today.
  • "You think Joe will get the work done on time?" "Hmm, I wonder."
  • The primitive tribe wondered at the eclipse.
  • It's very hot in here; I wonder if you'd mind if I opened the window.
  • Ursula was filled with wonder at the sight of the beautiful view before her.
  • It's a wonder no one was hurt in that accident.
  • That young boy already plays the piano so beautifully; he's a real wonder.
  • Jane has been very sick, but her doctor has just prescribed her the latest wonder drug and she's getting much better.

Multi-word forms

work wonders: do something beyond what most people could achieve. Example: “That cat was so timid when she was found, she wouldn’t let anyone touch her. Now she’s so affectionate; her new owner has worked wonders with her”

(it’s) no wonder: it’s not surprising. Example: “It’s no wonder Jane got fired. She was terrible at the job.”

Additional Information

Don’t confuse wonder with wander, which is pronounced very similarly in the UK, but means ‘to walk or move from place to place with no particular purpose or destination.’

Did you know?

There have been various lists made of the seven wonders of the world throughout history. They include the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, among other things. They are whatever are considered as the most wonderful things in a particular era. Because of this, you will also quite often hear people refer to some new wonder that has just been discovered or created as the eighth wonder of the world.

Other forms

wonderer (noun)

Origin

Wonder dates back to before 900; the noun comes from the Middle English and Old English word wundor; it is a cognate with the Dutch word wonder, the German word Wunder, and the Old Norse word undr; the verb comes from the Middle English word wonderen, and the Old English word wundrian, and is derivative of the noun.

Wonder was suggested by Alejandra I., from Argentina

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