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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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  • Dixie was sharp-well, my kind of sharp at that time-and the background was wonderfully blurred.
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  • Though of course they are rationalized through all kinds of wonderfully self-justifying discourse.
  • Some wonderfully heroic rescues were made at that fire by people living in the adjoining tenements.
  • Such artificial places help the memory wonderfully, and exalt it far above its natural powers.
  • It is wonderfully stable at the moment, and let's keep it that way.
  • It is warmer temperatures that makes it work so wonderfully.
British Dictionary definitions for wonderfully


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 wonderfully



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

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