wondrous

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From Middle English wondrous, metathetic variation 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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wondrous (comparative more wondrous, superlative most wondrous)

  1. Wonderful; amazing, inspiring awe; marvelous.
    We all stared open-mouthed at the wondrous sight.
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II scene ii[1]:
      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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