What does wonder mean?

Definitions for wonder
ˈwʌn dərwon·der

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wonder.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wonder, wonderment, admirationnoun

    the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising

  2. wonder, marvelnoun

    something that causes feelings of wonder

    "the wonders of modern science"

  3. curiosity, wonderverb

    a state in which you want to learn more about something

  4. wonder, inquire, enquireverb

    have a wish or desire to know something

    "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"

  5. wonder, questionverb

    place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

    "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"

  6. wonder, marvelverb

    be amazed at

    "We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities"

Wiktionary

  1. Wondernoun

    One of the Wonders of the World.

    Etymology: Old English wundrian

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wondernoun

    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

    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.]

  2. Wondernoun

    a cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle

    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.]

  3. Wonderverb

    to be affected with surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel

    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.]

  4. Wonderverb

    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.]

  5. Wonderadjective

    wonderful

    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.]

  6. Wonderadverb

    wonderfully

    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.]

Freebase

  1. Wonder

    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

  1. Wonder

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wonder' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2930

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wonder' in Written Corpus Frequency: #672

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wonder' in Nouns Frequency: #1637

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wonder' in Verbs Frequency: #180

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wonder in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wonder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of wonder in a Sentence

  1. Todd Woodbridge:

    A player of his stature, at some point when you’re not winning, you start to wonder about why you’re only making the quarter-finals, when you’re used to being in the final, it doesn’t give the same adrenaline rush as it always has, and that’s when you start to think to yourself that you’ve got other things to do with your life.

  2. Jappreet Sethi:

    If you get 10 resumes and the fifth and sixth ones have the nanodegree, you know they have already made the cut, you don't wonder whether he has the skills, or whether he can code or not.

  3. Thomas Browne:

    It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.

  4. Valerie Contreras:

    It makes me kind of wonder when I see this picture of this truck turned over, are they getting certified drivers to haul these containers because they're in a panic to move quickly and put our lives at risk?

  5. Michele Fiore:

    If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. opaque
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