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[wuhn-der-fuh l] /ˈwʌn dər fəl/
excellent; great; marvelous:
We all had a wonderful weekend.
of a sort that causes or arouses wonder; amazing; astonishing:
The storm was wonderful to behold.
Origin of wonderful
before 1100; Middle English; Old English wundorful (see wonder, -ful); cognate with German wundervoll
Related forms
wonderfully, adverb
wonderfulness, noun
unwonderful, adjective
unwonderfully, adverb
1. awesome, wondrous, miraculous, prodigious, astonishing, amazing, astounding, phenomenal, unique, curious, strange. Unabridged
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  • He had great affection for his riders, and considered ninety-nine per cent of them to be wonderful people.
  • The talks were great, and it was wonderful to be a part of that.
  • They say she's going into philanthropy and good works, which is wonderful, and she'll be great at it.
  • There are many wonderful images, but this one invokes so many powerful feelings.
  • They are a wonderful history of so many areas and people connected to the war.
  • It is a wonderful melange of the real and the fantastic, the never was and the never could be.
  • Thank you all for your wonderful comments and feedback.
  • It would have been wonderful for a group serving the nation's governors to have paused right there to give a nod to democracy.
  • Especially if you can take your family, it would be a wonderful cultural experience.
  • There are no words to express the senselessness of the tragedy that brought an end to the lives of such wonderful people.
British Dictionary definitions for wonderful


exciting a feeling of wonder; marvellous or strange
extremely fine; excellent
Derived Forms
wonderfully, adverb
wonderfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wonderful

late Old English wunderfull (see wonder). Related: Wonderfully.

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