wondrous

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From Middle English wondrous, alteration after the suffix -ous 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.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈwʌndɹəs/
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  • Hyphenation: won‧drous

AdjectiveEdit

wondrous (comparative more wondrous, superlative most wondrous)

  1. Wonderful; amazing, inspiring awe; marvelous.
    We all stared open-mouthed at the wondrous sight.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii]:
      I'll show thee the best springs; I'll pluck thee berries; / I'll fish for thee, and get thee wood enough. / A plague upon the tyrant that I serve! / I'll bear him no more sticks, but follow thee, / Thou wondrous man.

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wondrous (comparative more wondrous, superlative most wondrous)

  1. In a wonderful degree; remarkably; wondrously.

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