Synonyms for wondering

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I have been thinking about that day, wondering what I could do to help you.

At first you kept on wondering what the joke was, till you saw it was only a habit Sarah had.

Between the "wondering" and the noun there had been an observable pause.

There was a wistfulness about Tillie's mouth that set him wondering.

"I guess you've been wondering why you haven't heard from me," he said.

I've been looking back, wondering if I ever thought that about him.

"Of course I do," I cried angrily, wondering for the moment if he had lost his senses.

He fell to wondering whether The Dutchman might not beat Lucretia.

An Indian, half hidden in the dusky shade, is gazing and wondering too.

Cream extended his hand to John, and John, wondering why it was offered to him, shook it.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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