adjective Etymology: Middle English, alteration of wonders, from genitive of 1wonder Date: 15th century that is to be marveled at ; extraordinary <
a wondrous feat
wondrous adverb, archaicwondrously adverbwondrousness noun

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  • Wondrous — Won drous, adv. [OE. wonders, adv. (later also adj.). See {Wonder}, n., and cf. { wards}.] In a wonderful or surprising manner or degree; wonderfully. [1913 Webster] For sylphs, yet mindful of their ancient race, Are, as when women, wondrous fond …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wondrous — Won drous, a. Wonderful; astonishing; admirable; marvelous; such as excite surprise and astonishment; strange. [1913 Webster] That I may . . . tell of all thy wondrous works. Ps. xxvi. 7. [1913 Webster] {Won drous*ly}, adv. {Won drous*ness}, n.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wondrous — index noteworthy, portentous (eliciting amazement), prodigious (amazing), remarkable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wondrous — c.1500, from M.E. wonders (adj.), c.1300, originally gen. of WONDER (Cf. wonder) (n.), with suffix altered by influence of marvelous, etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • wondrous — ► ADJECTIVE literary ▪ inspiring wonder. ► ADVERB archaic ▪ wonderfully. DERIVATIVES wondrously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • wondrous — [wun′drəs] adj. [altered (as if < WONDER + OUS) < ME wundres, adv. gen. of wunder,WONDER] wonderful: now usually literary or rhetorical adv. Archaic extraordinarily; surprisingly wondrously adv. wondrousness n …   English World dictionary

  • wondrous — [[t]wʌ̱ndrəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something as wondrous, you mean it is strange and beautiful or impressive. [LITERARY] We were driven across this wondrous vast land of lakes and forests. Derived words: wondrously ADV GRADED …   English dictionary

  • wondrous — adjective Amazing, inspiring awe, to be marvelled at . We all stared open mouthed at the wondrous sight, speechless …   Wiktionary

  • wondrous — won|drous [ˈwʌndrəs] adj literary [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: wonders wondrous (13 17 centuries), from the possessive form of wonder; influenced by marvelous] good or impressive in a surprising way …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wondrous — adj. & adv. poet. adj. wonderful. adv. wonderfully (wondrous kind). Derivatives: wondrously adv. wondrousness n. Etymology: alt. of obs. wonders (adj. & adv.), = genit. of WONDER (cf. S(3)) after marvellous …   Useful english dictionary

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