Definitions for Wonder
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Wonder.
wonder, wonderment, admirationnoun
the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
something that causes feelings of wonder
"the wonders of modern science"
a state in which you want to learn more about something
wonder, inquire, enquireverb
have a wish or desire to know something
"He wondered who had built this beautiful church"
place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
"I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
be amazed at
"We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities"
One of the Wonders of the World.
Etymology: Old English wundrian
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: wundor , Saxon; wonder, Dutch.
What is he, whose griefs
Bear such an emphasis? whose phrase or sorrow
Conjure the wand’ring stars, and makes them stand
Like wonder-wounded hearers. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
Wonder causeth astonishment, or an immoveable posture of the body; for in wonder the spirits fly not as in fear, but only settle. Francis Bacon, Natural History.
The Cornish wonder-gatherer describeth the same. Carew.
Great effects come of industry in civil business; and to try things oft, and never to give over, doth wonders. Francis Bacon.
Lo, a wonder strange!
Of every beast, and bird, and insect small
Came sevens, and pairs. John Milton, Paradise Lost.
What woman will you find,
Though of this age the wonder and the fame,
On whom his leisure will vouchsafe an eye
Of fond desire? John Milton, Paradise Regained.
No wonder sleep from careful lovers flies,
To bathe himself in Sacharissa’s eyes;
As fair Astrea once from earth to heav’n,
By strife and loud impiety was driven. Edmund Waller.
Drawn for your prince, that sword could wonders do:
The better cause makes mine the sharper now. Edmund Waller.
There Babylon the wonder of all tongues. John Milton.
Ample souls among mankind have arrived at that prodigious extent of knowledge which renders them the wonder and glory of the nation where they live. Isaac Watts.
To be struck with admiration; to be pleased or surprised so as to be astonished.
Etymology: wundrian , Saxon; wonder, Dutch.
The want of these magazines of victuals I have oftentimes complained of in England, and wondered at in other countries. Edmund Spenser, Ireland.
His deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. Rev. xiii. 3.
No wonder to us, who have conversed with too many strange unparallel’d actions, now to wonder at any thing: wonder is from surprise, and surprise ceases upon experience. Robert South, Sermons.
King Turnus wonder’d at the fight renew’d. Dryden.
Who can wonder that all the sciences have been so overcharged with insignificant and doubtful expressions, capable to make the most quick-sighted very little the more knowing. John Locke.
I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals, who durst venture to mount and walk upon my body. Jonathan Swift.
Wonder is a single by English rock band Embrace, released on 20 August 2001 (see 2001 in music). It was the first single from their third studio album, If You've Never Been and peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the song used by the BBC as a highlights clip, to celebrate England's victory over Argentina in the 2002 football World Cup. It was also used in the pilot episode of the American TV serie Smallville.
Wonder can be defined as a feeling of admiration, curiosity, or astonishment that arises from encountering or experiencing something unfamiliar, extraordinary, or inexplicable. It is often accompanied by a sense of awe and a desire to understand or explore the object or phenomenon that elicits such feelings. Wonder can also refer to a state of mind characterized by a childlike curiosity and openness to the beauty and mysteries of the world.
that emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, or not well understood; surprise; astonishment; admiration; amazement
a cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle
to be affected with surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel
to feel doubt and curiosity; to wait with uncertain expectation; to query in the mind; as, he wondered why they came
Etymology: [OE. wonder, wunder, AS. wundor; akin to D. wonder, OS. wundar, OHG. wuntar, G. wunder, Icel. undr, Sw. & Dan. under, and perhaps to Gr. to gaze at.]
Wonder is an emotion comparable to surprise that people feel when perceiving something very rare or unexpected. It has historically been seen as an important aspect of human nature, specifically being linked with curiosity and the drive behind intellectual exploration. Wonder is also often compared to the emotion of awe but awe implies fear or respect rather than joy.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wun′dėr, n. the state of mind produced by something new, unexpected, or extraordinary: a strange thing: a prodigy: a sweet fried cake—also Cruller.—v.i. to feel wonder: to be amazed (with at): to speculate expectantly.—p.adj. Won′dered (Shak.), having performed, or able to perform, wonders.—n. Won′derer.—adj. Won′derful, full of wonder: exciting wonder: strange: (B.) wonderfully.—adv. Won′derfully.—ns. Won′derfulness; Won′dering.—adv. Won′deringly, with wonder.—ns. Won′derland, a land of wonders; Won′derment, surprise.—adjs. Won′derous (same as Wondrous); Won′der-struck, -strick′en, struck with wonder or astonishment.—ns. Won′der-work, a prodigy, miracle: thaumaturgy; Won′der-work′er; Won′der-work′ing.—adjs. Won′der-wound′ed (Shak.), wonder-stricken; Won′drous, such as may excite wonder: strange.—adv. Won′drously.—ns. Won′drousness.—Bird of wonder, the phœnix; Nine days' wonder, something that astonishes everybody for the moment; Seven wonders of the world (see Seven). [A.S. wundor; Ger. wunder, Ice. undr.]
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wonder is ranked #30600 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Wonder surname appeared 762 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Wonder.
94.7% or 722 total occurrences were White.
2.2% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.4% or 11 total occurrences were Black.
0.6% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Wonder' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2930
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Wonder' in Written Corpus Frequency: #672
Rank popularity for the word 'Wonder' in Nouns Frequency: #1637
Rank popularity for the word 'Wonder' in Verbs Frequency: #180
The numerical value of Wonder in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Wonder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
At that age you lack perspective and you have a limited horizon, so you wonder why you should keep developing your firm and if you haven't sorted out a successor, you wonder: Who's even going to take this on anyway? So clearly you don't invest in those circumstances.
There are two ways of looking at the sky;you can wonder why its blue or wonder what you can do with a blue sky!Learn to take the positive approach always.
I wonder whether there is a gap in regulations and more generally, I wonder whether there are some things that at present no government regulatory jurisdiction has no oversight over.
They wonder much to hear that gold, which in itself is so useless a thing, should be everywhere so much esteemed, that even men for whom it was made, and by whom it has its value, should yet be thought of less value than it is.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
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Translations for Wonder
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- цуд, здзіўляцца, цікавіцца, дзіваBelarusian
- чудо, питам сеBulgarian
- meravella, estorat, preguntar-se, sorprendre'sCatalan, Valencian
- zázrak, podivení, podivovat se, uvažovat, divCzech
- дивъ, чоудоOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- vidunder, vidunder-, under, fundere, mirakel, spekulere, tænkeDanish
- Wunder, sich fragen, MirakelGerman
- απορία, θαύμα, αναρωτιέμαι, απορώ, θαυμάζω, [[μένω]] [[έκθαμβος]], ταλέντο, αστέριGreek
- mirindaĵo, talentoEsperanto
- genio, preguntarse, ponderar, maravilla, sorprenderse, maravillarse, pensamientoSpanish
- شگفتی, شگفتیدن, تعجبPersian
- ihmetellä, ihme, ihmettelyFinnish
- merveille, se demanderFrench
- wûnderWestern Frisian
- ionadh, iontasIrish
- mìorbhailScottish Gaelic
- פֶּלֶא, תההHebrew
- undur, undra, snillingurIcelandic
- meraviglia, domandarsi, chiedersiItalian
- 驚異, 驚嘆Japanese
- អច្ឆរិយវត្ថុ, ឆ្ងល់Khmer
- 놀라움, 경이Korean
- congitatio, miraculum, dubito, mirabilis, congitioLatin
- се прашува, чудоMacedonian
- wonder, zich afvragenDutch
- cud, dziwPolish
- maravilha, perguntar-se, pensamento, ponderarPortuguese
- mira, minune, mirareRomanian
- удивляться, чудо, интерес, диво, интересоваться, спрашиватьRussian
- pitati, чудо, čudo, čuditiSerbo-Croatian
- div, zázrakSlovak
- tuhtanje, čudež, tuhtatiSlovene
- mirakel, under, undraSwedish
- şaşkınlık, harikaTurkish
- диво, цікавитися, чудо, дивуватисяUkrainian
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