(redirected from wonders)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

for a wonder

Contrary to the expected outcome; surprisingly. I just started exercising again this year as part of my New Year's resolution, and, for a wonder, I'm actually really enjoying it! For a wonder, my son didn't argue when I asked him to clean his room.
See also: wonder

gutless wonder

A timorous, insipid, or apprehensive person; someone without conviction, confidence, or courage. All those gutless wonders in Congress never get anything done unless the big corporations tell them it's OK.
See also: wonder

(it's) little wonder

It is not at all surprising (that something is the case). I was always terrible at math in school, so it's little wonder that I have such trouble filing my taxes. Little wonder you had such trouble starting the car: the battery is almost completely dead!
See also: little, wonder

(it's) small wonder

It is not at all surprising (that something is the case). I was always terrible at math in school, so it's small wonder that I have such trouble filing my taxes. Small wonder you had such trouble starting the car: the battery is almost completely dead!
See also: small, wonder

small wonder

Not a surprising or unexpected thing at all. You drank an entire bottle of bourbon by yourself? Small wonder that you feel as bad as you do this morning. Considering the massive legal team they can afford to hire, it's a small wonder that few people are able to successfully sue the corporation for its questionable practices.
See also: small, wonder

chinless wonder

A self-important upper class British man who is considerd by others to be stupid or inexperienced. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Jill's incompetent manager is just a chinless wonder who got his job because he happens to be friends with the CEO.
See also: chinless, wonder

(I) wonder if

a phrase introducing a hypothesis. Henry: I wonder if I could have another piece of cake. Sue: Sure. Help yourself. Andy: Wonder if it's stopped raining yet. Rachel: Why don't you look out the window? Andy: I wonder if I'll pass algebra. Father: That thought is on all our minds.
See also: if, wonder

I'm not surprised.

 and I don't wonder.
It is not surprising.; It should not surprise anyone. Mary: All this talk about war has my cousin very worried. Sue: No doubt. At his age, I don't wonder. John: All of the better-looking ones sold out right away. Jane: I'm not surprised.
See also: not, surprise

nine days' wonder

Fig. something that is of interest to people only for a short time. Don't worry about the story about you in the newspaper. It'll be a nine days' wonder and then people will forget. The elopement of Bob and Anne was a nine days' wonder. Now people never mention it.
See also: nine, wonder

no wonder

[something is] not surprising. No wonder the baby is crying. She's wet. It's no wonder that plant died. You watered it too much.
See also: wonder

a seven-day wonder

Fig. a person or a process supposedly perfected in only seven days. (Sarcastic.) Tommy is no seven-day wonder. It took him 6 years to get through high school!
See also: wonder

Time works wonders.

Prov. The passing of time can resolve many problems. I thought I would never forgive my ex-husband for leaving me, but now, ten years later, I feel pretty well disposed toward him. Time works wonders. You'll change your mind eventually. Time works wonders.
See also: time, wonder, work

wonder about someone or something

to be curious or in doubt about someone or something. I wonder about Carl and what he is up to. Sometimes I wonder about life on other planets. Jenny's performance record made me wonder about her chances for success.
See also: wonder

wonder at someone or something

to be amazed at or in awe of someone or something. (Stilted.) We all wondered at Lee and the way he kept his spirits up. The people wondered at the bright light that lit up the sky.
See also: wonder

Wonders never cease!

 and Will wonders never Cease!
Prov. What an amazing thing has happened! (Said when something very surprising happens. Somewhat ironic; can imply that the surprising thing should have happened before, but did not.) Fred: Hi, honey. I cleaned the kitchen for you. Ellen: Wonders never cease! Jill: Did you hear? The company is allowing us to take a holiday tomorrow. Jane: Wonders never cease! Not only was my plane on time, the airline also delivered my luggage safely. Will wonders never cease?
See also: never, Wonder

work wonders (with someone or something)

to be surprisingly beneficial to someone or something; to be very helpful with someone or something. This new medicine works wonders with my headaches. Jean was able to work wonders with the office staff. They improved their efficiency as soon as she took over.
See also: wonder, work

it's a wonder

it is surprising After having so many problems with the house, it's a wonder they ever got to live in it.
Opposite of: (it's) no wonder
See also: wonder

(it's) no wonder

it is not surprising It's no wonder ticket prices are so high when you see what the players are being paid. No wonder I couldn't find my keys! They were in the car all along.
Opposite of: it's a wonder
See also: wonder

work wonders

also do wonders
to cause improvements or have a very good effect He's only been here for a couple of months and already he's worked wonders. Drinking lots of water does wonders for the skin.
See also: wonder, work

a chinless wonder

  (British & Australian humorous)
an English man from a high social class, who thinks he is intelligent and important, but who other people think is weak and stupid He's just another chinless wonder doing a job that his Daddy got for him.
See also: chinless, wonder

a one-hit wonder

someone who performs popular music who makes one successful record and then no others The seventies saw a succession of one-hit wonders who were famous overnight and then never heard of again.
See also: wonder

a nine/one/seven-day wonder

someone or something that causes interest or excitement for a short period but is then quickly forgotten His music was derided by an older generation convinced that he was a nine-day wonder.
See also: wonder

work wonders

to improve something a lot (often + for ) Extra water in the diet is generally beneficial to the health and it works wonders for the skin. He's only been in charge at Arsenal for a couple of months and already he's worked wonders.
See also: wonder, work

for a wonder

Surprisingly, strange to say, as in For a wonder he didn't argue with the waiter about the bill. [Late 1700s]
See also: wonder

no wonder

Also, small wonder. It's not at all (or hardly) surprising, as in With the goalie out with a sprained ankle, it's no wonder you lost the game, or If he finished off all of the turkey, small wonder he has a stomachache. [c. a.d. 900]
See also: wonder

wonders will never cease

What a surprise, as in He's on time-wonders will never cease. This expression is generally used ironically. [Late 1700s]
See also: cease, never, will, wonder

work wonders

Succeed, produce a good outcome, as in The new coat of paint works wonders with this bedroom, or The physical therapy has worked wonders with these patients. Literally meaning "perform miracles," this term has been used somewhat more loosely since the 1700s. Also see work like a charm.
See also: wonder, work

wonder about

To be filled with curiosity or doubt about something or someone: I often wonder about the condition of the world. Do you ever wonder about the decision you made to quit school?
See also: wonder

wonder at

1. To be surprised or puzzled by something or someone: I wonder at your willingness to follow your boss's strange orders.
2. To be awed or astonished by something or someone; marvel at something: The children wondered at the colorful fish in the aquarium.
See also: wonder

gutless wonder

n. a totally spineless person. George, don’t be such a gutless wonder! Stand up for your rights!
See also: wonder

titless wonder

1. n. an oafish or awkward person. (Usually objectionable.) That stupid jerk is the classic titless wonder. What a twit!
2. n. an unsatisfactory thing or situation. I’ve got to take this titless wonder into the shop for an oil change.
See also: wonder

wonder water

n. steroids. (see also juice.) Look at the guns on that dude! Must be using wonder water.
See also: water, wonder

do wonders

To have a beneficial effect: This tonic will do wonders for you.
See also: wonder

for a wonder

As a cause for surprise; surprisingly.
See also: wonder

nine day wonder

Something with short-lived popularity. The idea is that a song, a fad, or anything else that captures the public's fancy starts out like a house on fire but begins to pall after a little more than a week. The proverb “A wonder lasts nine days, and then the puppy's eyes are open” refers to dogs being born with their eyes shut; like them, the public is blind to the fad until they become sated or bored or both and then their eyes metaphorically open. The earliest recorded use of the phrase came from William Kemp, an Elizabethan comic actor, who in 1600 did a Morris dance over the 130 miles from London to Norwich. His account of his nine-day dance-athon was titled Kemp's Nine Daies Wonder, which would suggest that the phrase had been well in vogue before Kemp used it.
See also: nine, wonder
References in classic literature ?
For a long time I could not conceive how one man could go forth to murder his fellow, or even why there were laws and governments; but when I heard details of vice and bloodshed, my wonder ceased and I turned away with disgust and loathing.
Again, I wonder with a sudden fear whether it is likely that our good old clergyman can be wrong, and Mr.
Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think--' (for, you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not a VERY good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) `--yes, that's about the right distance--but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?
And the whole Court went out to see the wonder, and were no less astonished than they had been the first time.
At length a warm wind swept through the gardens, and the mist-clouds passed away, while in silent wonder looked the Frost-King and the Elves upon the scene before them.
In another place, perchance, I might have wondered to see fruit and flowers growing together: here, my chief wonder was that neither fruit nor flowers were such as I had ever seen before.
I only wonder how the good people can keep it up so long.
In the midst of that you came to me - that my wonder might be answered.
Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident.
Thorley Rushworth gave way to wonder at the generosity of her view.
Do you know, Miss Summerson, I almost wonder that YOU never turned your thoughts to Africa.
It has stood there for thousands of years, the wonder and admiration of travelers; but who built it, or when it was built, are questions that may never be answered.
I wonder," said Ojo, looking up and down the road, "which way to go.
It's Sunday to-morrow--I do wonder how he'll look, and whether he'll be able to go through the service.
Gardner, with a slight intonation of tolerant wonder.