From Old French ponderer (“to weigh, balance, ponder”) (French pondérer), from Latin ponderare (“to weigh, ponder, in Medieval Latin also to load”), from pondus (“weight”), from pendere (“to weigh”); see pendent and pound.
- to wonder, think of deeply
- to consider (something) carefully and thoroughly; to chew over, mull over
- I have spent days pondering the meaning of life.
- Bible, Proverbs iv. 26
- Ponder the path of thy feet.
- (obsolete) to weigh
to think deeply
to consider carefully
ponder (plural ponders)
- (colloquial) A period of deep thought.
- I lit my pipe and had a ponder about it, but reached no definite conclusion.
- ponder in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- ponder in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.