wonder

When you wonder about something, you want to learn more about it. You wonder why the car is making that noise so you ask the mechanic to explain it.

Wonder comes from the Old English word wundor, which means "marvelous thing, the object of astonishment." For example, the Taj Mahal is one of the great wonders of the world, so beautiful and magical. But wonders are all around us — anything that amazes and marvels is a wonder, like high-definition television, the Internet, your mom's homemade pizza — though we tend to forget this because we are used to them.

Definitions of wonder
1

n the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising

Synonyms:
admiration, wonderment
Types:
awe
an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
Type of:
amazement, astonishment
the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising

n something that causes feelings of wonder

“the wonders of modern science”
Synonyms:
marvel
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n a state in which you want to learn more about something

Synonyms:
curiosity
Types:
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
desire to know, lust for learning, thirst for knowledge
curiosity that motivates investigation and study
interest, involvement
a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something
curiousness, inquisitiveness
a state of active curiosity
enthusiasm
a lively interest
concern
something that interests you because it is important or affects you
nosiness, prying, snoopiness
offensive inquisitiveness
Type of:
cognitive state, state of mind
the state of a person's cognitive processes

v be amazed at

Synonyms:
marvel
Type of:
react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something

v have a wish or desire to know something

“He wondered who had built this beautiful church”
Synonyms:
enquire, inquire
Types:
request
inquire for (information)
seek
inquire for
Type of:
query, question
pose a question

v place in doubt or express doubtful speculation

“I wonder whether this was the right thing to do”
“she wondered whether it would snow tonight”
Synonyms:
question
Types:
scruple
have doubts about
Type of:
chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
reflect deeply on a subject

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.