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Usage statistics for the verb wonder:

spoken English61.97%written English38.03% conversational speech62.72%task-oriented speech37.28%
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Wonder is sometimes a misspelling of wander, women or wondered.

The word wonder is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun wonder

What does wonder mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wonders

  1. the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of wonder: admiration / wonderment
    • more generic words: amazement / astonishment = the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising
    • more specific word: awe = an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
  2. something that causes feelings of wonder
  3. a state in which you want to learn more about something

Alternative definition of the noun wonder


  1. Something that causes amazement or awe, a marvel.
  2. Something astonishing and seemingly inexplicable.
  3. Someone very talented at something, a genius.
  4. The sense or emotion which can be inspired by something curious or unknown.
  5. [UK, informal] A mental pondering, a thought.


  1. One of the Wonders of the World.

Definition of the verb wonder

What does wonder mean as a doing word?

Wonder is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: wondered | wondering | wonders

  1. have a wish or desire to know something
    • example: He wondered who had built this beautiful church
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of wonder: enquire / inquire
    • more generic words: query / question = pose a question
    • more specific word: request = inquire for
  2. place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
    • examples: I wonder whether this was the right thing to do | she wondered whether it would snow tonight | They wonder whether there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb]He doesn't care
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Cause, that-complement clause]He doesn't care that she comes
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Cause, wh-complement clause]He doesn't care whether she comes
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Cause, what-extraction]I don't care what he does
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] about [Cause, wh-complement clause]He doesn't care about how/whether she comes
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] about [Cause, what-extraction]He doesn't care about what he should do

      Verbs of Caring (with the same syntax): care, worry.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of wonder: question
    • more generic terms: chew over / contemplate / excogitate / meditate / mull / mull over / muse / ponder / reflect / ruminate / speculate / think over = reflect deeply on a subject
    • more specific word: scruple = have doubts about
  3. be amazed at


Wonder a.k.a. Wonder, Oregon: Wonder is an unincorporated community in Josephine County, Oregon, United States, on U.S. Route 199 about 13 miles west of Grants Pass and 8 miles east of Selma. It is within the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest.


  1. Wonder a.k.a. 9th Wonder: Patrick Douthit, better known as 9th Wonder is a hip hop record producer, record executive, DJ, lecturer, and rapper from Durham, North Carolina, U.S. He began his career as the main producer for the group Little Brother, and has also worked with Mary J. Blige, Jean Grae, Wale, Jay-Z, Murs, Drake, Buckshot, Chris Brown, Destiny's Child, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Mac Miller, David Banner, and Lecrae. As of 2010, 9th Wonder raps under the name of 9thmatic.
  2. Wonder a.k.a. Elke Maravilha is an actress.

There are other people with in their name, like Wonder Boy, Wonder Dog, Girl Wonder, Wonder Girl, Andre Wonder, Betty Wonder, Erich Wonder, Tommy Wonder, Wayne Wonder and many others.


  1. "Wonder" is Japanese voice actor Mamoru Miyano's second studio album. It was released on August 4, 2010 by King Records. Two singles were released to promote the album, "JS" and "Refrain".
  2. "Wonder" is the debut single released by British producer Naughty Boy, featuring vocals from Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. It was released on 21 October 2012, originally slated as the lead single from Naughty Boy's debut album, Hotel Cabana. "Wonder" is also included on the American version of Sandé's debut album, and as a bonus track on the re-release of her debut album, Our Version of Events. The track has been used as the back in intro music to Sky Sports 2013 Ashes Cricket Coverage.
  3. "Wonder" is a musical EP of Akina Nakamori.
    • released on (27 years ago)
  4. "Wonder" is a song by Natalie Merchant, released as the second single from her solo album Tigerlily. The single was released in March 1996, and reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The covers for the U.S. and Europe singles were different. The single also included live cuts from Merchant's tour.
  5. "Wonder" is the first studio album by Australian pop and folk singer Lisa Mitchell, released 31 July 2009 in Australia by Scorpio Music. The album has yielded three singles; "Coin Laundry", "Clean White Love" and "Oh! Hark!".
    • also known as Wonder (bonus disc), Wonder (bonus disc: Special Edition)
    • genres: Folk music, Pop music, Indie pop
    • released on (6 years ago)
  6. "Wonder" is an album by Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith. Released in September 2010, the album peaked at No. 2 on the Top Christian Albums chart, and number 26 on the Billboard 200.
  7. "Wonder" is a single by English rock band Embrace, released on 20 August 2001. It was the first single from their third studio album, If You've Never Been and peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the song used by the BBC as a highlights clip, to celebrate England's victory over Argentina in the 2002 football World Cup. It was also used in the pilot episode of the American TV serie Smallville.
  8. "Wonder" is a musical single of Natalie Merchant.
    • also known as Wonder (CD 2), Wonder (CD 1)
    • released on (20 years ago)
  9. "Wonder" is a composition.
  10. "Wonder" is a musical album of Lustre.
    • released on
  11. "Wonder" is a musical single of Embrace.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  12. "Wonder" is a musical album of 14 Iced Bears.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  13. "Wonder" is a musical single of Moratto & Floorfilla.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  14. "Wonder" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  15. "Wonder" is a musical album of Small Circle of Friends.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  16. "Wonder" is a musical album of Knut.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  17. "Wonder" is a musical album of The 49 Americans.
    • released in (14 years ago)


  1. "Wonder" is a children's novel written by R.J. Palacio. Wonder was a #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and was also on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list. The book was the winner of both the 2014 Maine Student Book Award and Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award.
  2. "Wonder", also called WWW: Wonder, is a 2011 novel written by Canadian novelist Robert J. Sawyer. It is the third and last installment in the WWW Trilogy and was preceded by two sequels, Wake and Watch.
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Science Fiction
  3. "Wonder" is a book by Rachel Vail.
    • genres: Children's literature, Fiction
    • subjects: Education, Friendship, Schools, School story


  1. "Wonder" is a 2014 animation, short and music film written and directed by Mirai Mizue.
  2. "Wonder" is a 2012 short drama film written and directed by Johnny Daukes.
  3. "Wonder" is a 2012 adventure, short, animation film written and directed by Nikki Lemon.


Wonder is a drinking establishment.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Wonder

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Google previewReal Change Is Incremental (2014)

Reflections on What We Know, What We Do and How Little Things Make a Big Difference

Wonder is an emotional response that is experienced as we are introduced to something new and unusual – something that...

Wonder is a resonant, embodied and emotional response to that which is aweinspiring, astounding or marvellous.

Google previewEducational Review ... (1910)

Wonder is the attitude which the emotional nature spontaneously assumes in front of a world of objects. The feeling is utterly incomprehensible as a purely personal or selfish feeling. Wonder is the first and the final expression of the individual ...

Google previewWaking to Wonder (1997)

Wittgenstein's Existential Investigations by Gordon C. F. Bearn

Wonder is the mirror image of the dread deeper than doubt that appeared in the interlude above.

Google previewThe Good Shepherd and the Child (1995)

A Joyful Journey by Sofia Cavalletti, Patricia Coulter, Gianna Gobbi, Silvana Q. Montanaro

Wonder is an essential dynamic of the human spirit and of our religious life as well. It is the basis of all...

Google previewSelf and Emotional Life (2013)

Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience by Adrian Johnston, Catherine Malabou

The substantive wonder is the English translation of the Latin admiratio in Descartes and Spinoza.

As a verb, to wonder means to be curious, to feel amazement and admiration,

Google previewSumma Theologica, Volume 2 (Part II, First Section) (2007)

by St Thomas Aquinas

Because wonder is the act of one who is ignorant of the nature of something, as Damascene says.

Google previewThe Literary Digest (1893)

by Edward Jewitt Wheeler, Isaac Kaufman Funk, William Seaver Woods

The second wonder is the two wells, one at each end of the peninsula, which have the peculiar characteristic that when...

The third wonder is a cold cave from which there issues constantly an ice-cold wind, with such force that a strong man is ...

Google previewClay Record (1894)

The third wonder is a cold wave cave, a cavern from which a wintry wind perpetually blows. The force of the...

Google previewThe Rambler (1801)

'T HAT wonder is the effest of ignorance, has been often observed.

Google previewThe Sea of Sensitivity (2011)

Collected Thoughts on Consciousness and Reality by Don C. Nix

Wonder is the invisible component of transformation.

It deserves more of our attention, however, because wonder is a unique door opening, a portal to connection with the invisible, living, generative Field of Being that surrounds us and ...

Google previewA Fierce Little Tragedy (2003)

Thought, Passion, and Self-formation in the Philosophy Classroom by Herman Stark

Wonder is the metaphysical condition evoked and sustained by philosophical asking.

Google previewDie Wise (2015)

A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul by Stephen Jenkinson

Wonder is the sum of life's way of being itself...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Wonder Stuff Formed in Stourbridge, West Midlands, England, in April 1986, the Wonder Stuff originally featured Miles Hunt (b. 29 July 1966, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; vocals/guitar), Malcolm Treece (guitar), Rob Jones aka The ...

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

/ rauru / wanea Frenzy hokeka Aghast tirewa Rousing indignation / Indignant / Indignation whakatakariri Awe / Dread piwerawera Awe- inspiring wanawana Causing wonder / Being surprised / Wondering / *To wonder ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales: Q-Z (2008)

by Donald Haase

"Wonder tale" is often used interchangeably with the terms "folktale," "fairy tale," and "marchen." Although all four (sub)genres include many of the same tale types, the term "wonder tale" derives from a particular set of historical circumstances ...

Google previewEtymologicon Universale, Or Universal Etymological Dictionary on a New Plan (1811)

by Walter Whiter

wonder, that these particles are sometimes found in clusters; when we perceive, through the whole compass of Language, that there is a strong propensity in the mind to combine terms expressing Pronouns — * This or That Being — Person, ...

Google previewFuldstaendigt Dansk og Engelsk haand-lexicon (1824)

udarbeidet efter de bedste og nyeste ordbøger by Christian Friderich Bay

Beundve, todmire, wonder at. Bei! 1 drer, an Admirer. Beuindring, Admiration, Wonder: Et: m. Benndrintsvarrdig, admirable, wo thy of Admiration, deserving to be admired. Bevaagen , favourable , affectionate, wellaflected to one. (vaere een ...

Google previewA Galic And English Dictionary (1780)

Containing All Th Words in the Scotch and Irish Dialects of the Celtic, that Could be Collected from the Voice, and Old Books and MSS by William Shaw

То WONDER. Gabham, no glacan iongnadh. - - WONDER. Iongnadh, miorbhuile, aidhbheil, iongantas. WONDERFUL ) Iongantach, miorbhuilБeiram nodeanam flaghWoNDRoUS. В 1ach.

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Usage statistics about wonder

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb wonder:

spoken English61.97%written English38.03% conversational speech62.72%task-oriented speech37.28% imaginative writing88.44%informational writing11.56%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun wonder:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb wonder:


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Quotes about Wonder

Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discover, and it is a principle even of piety; but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot. (Samuel Horsley)
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Scrabble value of W4O1N1D2E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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