Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


As they walked single-file through the narrowing of a drift, she wondered about him.

Miss Milbrey wondered somewhat; but her mind was easy, for her resolution had been taken.

And as for Shepler—he wondered if Shepler knew just what risks he might be taking on.

This reflection we should have wondered at from you once; but now we don't.

Omar Ben Sufi sat down in the middle of the street, and wondered.

Looking at that face one wondered how the life work of Jasper was such a failure.

She could see her father looking at her, intent, as if he wondered.

Then, while they wondered whether they might risk it, he got worse.

He slipped to the door in turn with a step so noiseless that even Jud wondered.

Was it an instinct, she wondered—a reminder that there was in them material for manhood?


Old English wundor "marvelous thing, marvel, the object of astonishment," from Proto-Germanic *wundran (cf. Old Saxon wundar, Middle Dutch, Dutch wonder, Old High German wuntar, German wunder, Old Norse undr), of unknown origin. In Middle English it also came to mean the emotion associated with such a sight (late 13c.). The verb is from Old English wundrian. Used colloquially in Pennsylvania German areas in some transitive senses (It wonders me that ... for "I wonder why ..."); this was common in Middle English and as late as Tindale (1533), and a correspondent reports the usage also yet survives in Yorkshire/Lincolnshire. Related: Wondered, wondering, wonders.