Won·der, a. Wonderful. [Obs.]
After that he said a wonder thing. --Chaucer.
Won·der, adv. Wonderfully. [Obs.]
1. 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.
They were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. --Acts iii. 10.
Wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance. --Johnson.
Note: ☞ Wonder expresses less than astonishment, and much less than amazement. It differs from admiration, as now used, in not being necessarily accompanied with love, esteem, or approbation.
2. A cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle. “ Babylon, the wonder of all tongues.”
To try things oft, and never to give over, doth wonders. --Bacon.
I am as a wonder unto many. --Ps. lxxi. 7.
Seven wonders of the world. See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
Won·der, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wondered p. pr. & vb. n. Wondering.]
1. To be affected with surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel.
I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals. --Swift.
We cease to wonder at what we understand. --Johnson.
2. To feel doubt and curiosity; to wait with uncertain expectation; to query in the mind; as, he wondered why they came.
I wonder, in my soul,
What you would ask me, that I should deny. --Shak.
n 1: the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
[syn: wonderment, admiration]
2: something that causes feelings of wonder; "the wonders of
modern science" [syn: marvel]
3: a state in which you want to learn more about something
v 1: have a wish or desire to know something; "He wondered who
had built this beautiful church" [syn: inquire, enquire]
2: place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder
whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered
whether it would snow tonight" [syn: question]
3: be amazed at; "We marvelled at the child's linguistic
abilities" [syn: marvel]