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EtymologyEdit

From German Wunderkind, from Wunder (wonder) + Kind (child).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈvʊn.də.kɪnd/, /ˈwʊn.də.kɪnd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈvʊn.dɚ.kɪnt/, /ˈvʊn.dɚ.kɪnd/, /ˈwʊn.dɚ.kɪnd/, /ˈwʌn.dɚ.kɪnd/
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NounEdit

wunderkind (plural wunderkinder or wunderkinds)

  1. A child prodigy; a phenom.
  2. A highly talented or gifted individual; one who is successful at a young age.
    • 2009 January 28, Ravi Somaiya, “It’s the Economy, Girlfriend”, in New York Times[1]:
      Harriet Pappenheim, a psychotherapist at Park Avenue Relationship Consultants who wrote “For Richer or Poorer,” a 2006 book on money in marriage, said that the repercussions could be acute for Wall Street wunderkinds who define their identities through their job titles and the size of their bonuses.

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