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Language: Old English
Origin: wundor

wonder

2 noun
     
wonder2
1

admiration

a) [uncountable] a feeling of surprise and admiration for something very beautiful or new to you [= awe]:
The sight of the Taj Mahal filled us with wonder.
b) [countable] something that makes you feel surprise and admiration:
technological wonders
the Seven Wonders of the World
2

(it's) no/small/little wonder (that)

especially spoken used to say that you are not surprised by something:
No wonder you've got a headache, the amount you drank last night.
3

surprising

it's a wonder (that)

especially spoken used to say that something is very surprising:
It's a wonder no one got hurt.
4

do/work wonders

to be very effective in solving a problem
5

wonders will never cease

spoken used humorously to show you are surprised and pleased about something
6

clever person

[singular] British English someone who is good at doing difficult things

➔ nine days wonder

at nine (3)

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