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won·der / ˈwəndər/ • n. a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable: he had stood in front of it, observing the intricacy of the ironwork with the wonder of a child. ∎  the quality of a person or thing that causes such a feeling: Athens was a place of wonder and beauty. ∎  a strange or remarkable person, thing, or event: the electric trolley car was looked upon as the wonder of the age. ∎  [as adj.] having remarkable properties or abilities: a wonder drug. ∎  [in sing.] a surprising event or situation: it is a wonder that losses are not much greater. • v. [intr.] 1. desire or be curious to know something: how many times have I written that, I wonder? | I can't help wondering how Stasia and Katie are feeling. ∎  used to express a polite question or request: I wonder whether you have thought more about it? ∎  feel doubt: I wonder about such a marriage. 2. feel admiration and amazement; marvel: people stood by and wondered at such bravery | [as adj.] (wondering) a wondering look on her face. ∎  be surprised: if I feel compassion for her, it is not to be wondered at. PHRASES: I shouldn't wonder inf., chiefly Brit. I think it likely.no (or little or small) wonder it is not surprising: it is little wonder that the fax machine is so popular. ninety-day (or thirty-day or one-day) wonder something that attracts enthusiastic interest for a short while but is then ignored or forgotten. ∎  (usu. ninety-day (or thirty-day) wonder) a person who has had intensive military training for the specified time. wonders will never cease an exclamation of great surprise at something pleasing.work (or do) wonders have a very beneficial effect on someone or something: a good night's sleep can work wonders for mind and body.DERIVATIVES: won·der·er n.won·der·ing·ly adv.

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wonder astonishing or marvellous thing OE.; perplexed astonishment XIII. OE. wundor = OS. wundar (Du. wonder), OHG. wuntar (G. wunder), ON. undr; of unkn. orig.
So wonder vb. OE. wundrian = OS. wundron, etc.

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wonder eighth wonder of the world a particularly impressive person or thing, regarded as an addition to the Seven Wonders of the World.

See also nine days' wonder, wonders.

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wonderBarbuda, barracuda, Bermuda, brooder, Buxtehude, colluder, deluder, excluder, intruder, Judah, Luda, Neruda, obtruder, Tudor •mouthbrooder •Buddha, do-gooder •Kaunda, Munda •judder, rudder, shudder, udder •numdah •asunder, blunder, chunder, hereunder, plunder, rotunda, sunder, thereunder, thunder, under, up-and-under, wonder •husbander • seconder • Shetlander •mainlander • Greenlander •Queenslander • midlander •Little Englander •Highlander, islander •Icelander • Hollander • lowlander •Newfoundlander • woodlander •colander • Canada • Kannada •ambassador • forwarder •birder, Gerda, girder, herder, murder

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