a. One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration; a marvel: The decision of one age or country is a wonder to another(John Stuart Mill).
b. The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or marvelous: gazed with wonder at the northern lights.
2. An event inexplicable by the laws of nature; a miracle.
3. A feeling of puzzlement or doubt.
4. often Wonder A monumental human creation regarded with awe, especially one of seven monuments of the ancient world that appeared on various lists of late antiquity.
v.won·dered, won·der·ing, won·ders
a. To have a feeling of awe or admiration; marvel: She wondered at all the things civilization can teach a woman to endure(Frances Newman).
b. To have a feeling of surprise.
2. To be filled with curiosity or doubt.
To feel curiosity or be in doubt about: wondered what happened.
a. Arousing awe or admiration.
2. Far superior to anything formerly recognized or foreseen.
for a wonder
As a cause for surprise; surprisingly.
[Middle English, from Old English wundor.]
Synonyms: wonder, marvel, miracle, phenomenon, prodigy, sensation These nouns denote one that evokes amazement or admiration: saw the wonders of Paris; a marvel of modern technology; a miracle of culinary art; a phenomenon of medical science; a musical prodigy; the theatrical sensation of the season.
wonder /wndr/ v. [I] 1 to express an interest in knowing: I wonder whether it will rain today.2 to feel surprise: I wonder that he hasnt called yet.3 to admire: Many people wonder at the beauty of nature around them. n.1 a spectacular thing: The Rocky Mountains are a wonder to see.2 a surprise: It is a wonder that he is still alive after such a bad accident.