Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Remarkable or extraordinary; wonderful.
  • adv. Archaic To a wonderful or remarkable extent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Amazing, inspiring awe, "to be marvelled at".
  • adv. In a wonderful degree; remarkably.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a wonderful or surprising manner or degree; wonderfully.
  • adj. Wonderful; astonishing; admirable; marvelous; such as excite surprise and astonishment; strange.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a kind or degree to excite wonder; wonderful; marvelous; strauge.
  • In a wonderful or surprising degree; remarkably; exceedingly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. (used as an intensifier) extremely well
  • adj. extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers

Etymologies

From Late Middle English wondrous, metathetic variation of wonders (adj., "wondrous, wonderful"), genitive of wonder ("wonder, miracle"), from Old English wundor ("wonder, miracle"), from Proto-Germanic *wundran (“wonder”). Compare Dutch wonders, German Wunder. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I will tell, in fact, how this strange man carried with him, in his bag, instruments that I had never seen before then, which he called his wondrous machines.

    The Name of the Rose

  • O God, who in wondrous wise didst raise up blessed Joan for the defense of her faith and her country: grant, we beseech thee, through her intercession, that thy church, overcoming all the wiles of her enemies, may enjoy unceasing peace.

    May 30 -- St Joan of Arc

  • Telling tall tales Some pretenders to glory spin wondrous yarns.

    Bill Burke 12/2001

  • With the sale of "D is for Delicious" (which means I sold 2 out of 5 stories written in wondrous Michigan), I can declare that Clarion was, writing-wise, only a major waste of time.

    Clarion wasn't a huge waste after all...

  • God works in wondrous ways destroying the wisdom of the wise and frustrating the intelligence of the intelligent (1 Cor 1: 19).

    The Chinese are Coming

  • Tear-drops have chafed mine eyelids and rail down in wondrous wise, v. 53.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Tear-drops have chafed mine eyelids and rail down in wondrous wise,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Kipling has caught up in wondrous songs for the future centuries to sing.

    These Bones Shall Rise Again

  • The ears of standing corn winnowed to emptiness by the spendthrift winds; the fallen foliage of the trees, the weed-grown brooks, the dusky olive, now spotted with its blackened fruit; the chestnuts, to which the squirrel only was harvest-man; all plenty, and yet, alas! all poverty, painted in wondrous hues and fantastic groupings this land of beauty.

    III.8

  • Funny how this article works on the assumption that the IPCC and its methodology is something "wondrous" - guess all those scandals slipped by Mr Sachs ...

    The Guardian World News

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  • WeirdNet is wondrous strange in picking a top sense which two of the dictionary.com sources mark as archaic.

    June 16, 2008