wonderful

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From Middle English, from Old English wundorful (wonderful), equivalent to wonder +‎ -ful. Cognate Dutch wondervol (wonderful), German wundervoll (wonderful).

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wonderful (comparative wonderfuller or more wonderful, superlative wonderfullest or most wonderful)

  1. (now rare) Tending to excite wonder; surprising, extraordinary.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, p. 278:
      He is massively corrupt. It is wonderful how the man's popularity survives.
  2. Surprisingly excellent; very good or admirable, extremely impressive.
    They served a wonderful six-course meal.

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