From Middle English wondrous, metathetic variation of Middle English wonders (“wondrous, wonderful”, adjective), from Old English wundres (“of wonder”), genitive singular of wundor (“wonder, miracle”), from Proto-Germanic *wundrą (“wonder”). Compare Dutch wonders, German Wunder.
- Wonderful; amazing, inspiring awe; marvelous.
- We all stared open-mouthed at the wondrous sight.
- In a wonderful degree; remarkably; wondrously.
- c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II scene viii:
- […] And even there, his eye being big with tears,
- Turning his face, he put his hand behind him,
- And with affection wondrous sensible
- He [Antonio] wrung Bassanio's hand; and so they parted.
- XIX century, Emily Dickinson, As by the dead we love to sit:
- As by the dead we love to sit, / Become so wondrous dear — / As for the lost we grapple / Tho' all the rest are here […]