wonderer


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won·der

 (wŭn′dər)
n.
1.
a. The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or surprising: gazed with wonder at the northern lights.
b. The quality that arouses such emotion: "Her long fair hair was girlish: and girlish, and touched with the wonder of mortal beauty, her face" (James Joyce).
2.
a. One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration; a marvel: Given all his unhealthy habits, it's a wonder he's lived this long. She was a wonder in that movie.
b. often Wonder A monumental human creation regarded with awe, especially one of seven monuments of the ancient world that appeared on various lists of late antiquity.
3.
a. An extraordinary or remarkable act or achievement: That teacher has worked wonders with these students.
b. An event inexplicable by the laws of nature; a miracle.
v. won·dered, won·der·ing, won·ders
v.intr.
1. To have a feeling of awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration: We wondered at the ease with which she settled into her new job.
2. To be filled with curiosity or doubt: I could only wonder after hearing his excuse. I wondered about his late-night comings and goings.
v.tr.
To feel curiosity or be in doubt about: I wondered what kind of costume she would wear. I wondered why I said that.
adj.
Remarkable or extraordinary, especially in being beneficial: considers quinoa a wonder grain.
Idioms:
do wonders
To have a beneficial effect: This tonic will do wonders for you.
for a wonder
As a cause for surprise; surprisingly.

[Middle English, from Old English wundor.]

won′der·er n.
Synonyms: wonder, marvel, miracle, phenomenon
These nouns denote one that evokes amazement or admiration: saw the wonders of Paris; a marvel of modern technology; a miracle of culinary art; a phenomenon of medical science.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wonderer - someone who is curious about something
intellectual, intellect - a person who uses the mind creatively
2.wonderer - someone filled with admiration and awewonderer - someone filled with admiration and awe; someone who wonders at something
admirer - a person who admires; someone who esteems or respects or approves
References in classic literature ?
Jennings for two or three days; she was a great wonderer, as every one must be who takes a very lively interest in all the comings and goings of all their acquaintance.
Contrast Crusoe's account of the warehouse of useful objects with a characteristic perspectival description that serves to extend character in space rather than time: in Charles Maturin's Gothic novel Melmoth the Wonderer (1820), the inset tale recounted by the Spaniard Alonzo Moncada features a perspectivized description of an interior space, a house into which Monyada takes shelter while fleeing from persecutors:
I'm speaking the gospel here, Wonderer, so listen carefully: The reason you're feeling this way is you have major unresolved issues around your sexuality.
My story is painful, but simple and short I lived peacefully under the mountain shade, The extended valley in front of me, mountains behind, I felt eternally safe, living in tranquility, content, Never knowing hatred or grief, *** I love all people, My home was an oasis, For the lost, the wonderer, and the bereaved, They came from everywhere, Before the avalanche my Son I dreamt that one day I would be The Sudan What happened, you asked?
Kassim: Rasta that don't act is like a conch shell on a lonely beach, that have trapped the voices of pain and oppression, and is doomed for life to play them back to any wonderer that puts it to his ear.
He is a wonderer who seeks goodness through beauty:
Jennings for two or three days; she was a great wonderer, as every one must be who takes a very lively interest in all the comings and goings of their acquaintance" (62).
40) Fannie Hurst, Anatomy of Me: A Wonderer in Search of Herself (Garden City: Doubleday, 1958), 259.
Wondering becomes wandering in this poem, Olds inseparable from her mother, Olds the wonderer, the mother the wanderer--all of it within tight halls and rooms or within the closeting of the poem itself.