First we laugh, then we begin to wonder why the man was so distracted that he didn't notice he'd taken the doorknob with him.
But I wonder if the housing boom might not be getting ready for a little setback.
No wonder we have helicopter parents hellbent on handholding.
No wonder doctors who are onto "another way" are afraid to speak up.
No wonder it was so densely inscribed with our worst suspicions.
Do you wonder if I'm not in a mood for saying dainty things?
The birds feel it—and wonder at the tune that makes no noise.
No wonder these wanderers felt that angels had screened them on their way.
"If you still love Paralus, I wonder you can be so quiet and cheerful," said Eudora.
"I wonder if you'll get anything this Christmas," she remarked.
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.