small wonder

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small wonder (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) An event or fact whose cause or rationale is not difficult to discern; an unsurprising occurrence.
    • 1891, F. Marion Crawford, The Witch of Prague, ch. 24:
      Small wonder if he had loved her for herself, she was so beautiful.
    • 1908, Jack London, Iron Heel, ch. 1:
      Small wonder that I am restless. I think, and think, and I cannot cease from thinking.
    • 1910, Rabindranath Tagore, The King of the Dark Chamber, Scene 1:
      Small wonder that you can't believe my words—you who think yourself sage enough to reject the opinions of your parents and superiors.
    • 1929, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Monster Men, ch. 2:
      That she was beautiful and intelligent could not be denied, and so it was small wonder that she might appeal strongly to any man.
    • 2004, Jeremy Caplan, "What's Cool In the Pool," Time 16 Aug.:
      Small wonder the average cost of new pools has leaped past $30,000.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used as an abbreviated form of the construction "It is small wonder that", as in:
Small wonder he was excited when the life of his dearest friend was threatened.