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, to think of deeply.
- To consider (something) carefully and thoroughly; to chew over, to 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, The Century Co., New York, 1911