Definition of wonder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwʌndə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwʌndər//
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  1. 1[uncountable] a feeling of surprise and admiration that you have when you see or experience something beautiful, unusual or unexpected synonym awe He retained a childlike sense of wonder. She gazed down in wonder at the city spread below her. See related entries: Surprise
  2. 2[countable] something that fills you with surprise and admiration synonym marvel The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world. the wonders of modern technology That's the wonder of poetry—you're always discovering something new. the Seven Wonders of the World (= the seven most impressive structures of the ancient world)
  3. 3[singular] (informal) a person who is very clever at doing something; a person or thing that seems very good or effective Dita, you're a wonder! I would never have thought of doing that. Have you seen the boy wonder play yet? a new wonder drug
  4. Word OriginOld English wundor (noun), wundrian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wonder and German Wunder, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples Iceland is full hot springs and other natural wonders. Iceland is full hot springs, beautifully coloured rocks, and other natural wonders. It was a constant wonder to me that my father didn’t die of exhaustion. Neville shook his head in wonder at it all No wonder you’re still single - you never go out! Now it is your turn to discover the wonder of Bermuda. She held her breath with wonder and delight. She was determined to prove she was no seven-day wonder whose promise would remain unfulfilled. Thanks to the wonders of modern science, many common diseases will soon be things of the past. The band aren’t the one-hit wonders some had feared: their second album contains some great rap music. The band was a one-hit wonder in the ’80s - no one has heard of them since. The change of diet has done wonders for my skin. The children’s faces were full of wonder as they gazed up at the Christmas tree. The palace has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. The public thinks we’re a bunch of gutless wonders. The restored painting is a wonder to behold. There aren’t any words to express properly all the wonder that I feel. the new boy wonder of French football Cortisone was hailed as a wonder drug for a whole host of skin problems. It’s a wonder more people weren’t injured. It’s all become possible, thanks to the wonders of modern technology. No wonder you’re tired! You didn’t get any sleep last night. That’s the wonder of poetry - you’re always discovering something new. The Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world. The club’s new boy wonder scored two goals in the second half. The news did wonders for our morale. They became aware of the wonder of their surroundings. We always go to her for the flowers. She’s a wonder!Idioms (British English, humorous, disapproving) a young, upper-class man who is weak and stupid
    do wonders (for somebody/something)
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    to have a very good effect on somebody/something The news has done wonders for our morale.
    it’s a wonder (that)…
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    (informal) it is surprising or strange It’s a wonder (that) more people weren’t hurt.
    a person or thing that makes people excited for a short time but does not last very long
    (it’s) no/little/small wonder (that)…
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    it is not surprising It is little wonder (that) she was so upset. (informal) No wonder you're tired, you've been walking for hours.
    wonders will never cease
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    (informal, usually ironic) a phrase used to express surprise and pleasure at something ‘I've cleaned my room.’ ‘Wonders will never cease!’
    to achieve very good results Her new diet and exercise programme has worked wonders for her.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wonder