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, admiration(noun)

    the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising

  2. wonder, marvel(noun)

    something that causes feelings of wonder

    "the wonders of modern science"

  3. curiosity, wonder(verb)

    a state in which you want to learn more about something

  4. wonder, inquire, enquire(verb)

    have a wish or desire to know something

    "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"

  5. wonder, question(verb)

    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, marvel(verb)

    be amazed at

    "We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities"

Wiktionary

  1. Wonder(Noun)

    One of the Wonders of the World.

    Etymology: Old English wundrian

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wonder(noun)

    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. Wonder(noun)

    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. Wonder(verb)

    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. Wonder(verb)

    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. Wonder(adj)

    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. Wonder(adverb)

    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. Sarah Roderick:

    I think my problem with it was that this reporter wanted to sensationalize an experience that's not very common, ... And I wonder if it would have been different if (it dealt) with someone with a less horrific story -- something that happens to more people. I think this discredits what a lot of survivors go through. Something this physically horrific is not what everyone goes through. Now it's like, 'If I wasn't assaulted by more than one man then my story is not as worthy of attention.' It's frustrating that this is how rape is portrayed on college campuses because this is not the norm.

  2. Glenn Weiss:

    Jan, you are the sunshine in my life, and mom was right, don't ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend ? Because I want to call you my wife.

  3. Mayor Eric Garcetti:

    We have the capacity so don't wait, don't wonder and don't risk infecting others, if you feel you need a test, get one. If you want to be safe, get one.

  4. Naomi Osaka:

    She was hating. What would her children think? You're just going to come on the Internet and boo me for no reason? I didn't do anything to you, she was very upset. I also wonder, people like this, if they see you in person, I wonder what they would do?

  5. Carl Bernstein:

    ( The book) is a reconstruction of meeting after meeting after meeting in which you begin to wonder why doesn't John Kelly, the chief of staff, go to the Congress of the United States in executive session, resign for the good of the country, go to the Congress and say' I want to answer all of your questions about this president in full about what the context is, about what's in this book, et cetera, et cetera,' and then let's see how it holds up.

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