(Old English) wonders, adverb (later also adjective). See Wonder, noun, and confer -wards.
In a wonderful or surprising manner or degree; wonderfully. For sylphs, yet mindful of their ancient race, Are, as when women, wondrous fond of place. Pope. And now there came both mist and snow, And it grew wondrous cold. Coleridge.
Wonderful; astonishing; admirable; marvelous; such as excite surprise and astonishment; strange. That I may... tell of all thy wondrous works. Psalms xxvi. 7. -- Wondrously,
Chloe complains, and wondrously's aggrieved. Granville.
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From Late Middle English wondrous, metathetic variation of wonders (adj., “wondrous, wonderful”), genitive of wonder (“wonder, miracle”), from Old English wundor (“wonder, miracle”), from Proto-Germanic *wundrą (“wonder”). Compare Dutch wonders, German Wunder.
Adjective wondrous (comparative more wondrous, superlative most wondrous) Amazing, inspiring awe, "to be marvelled at". We all stared open mouthed at the wondrous sight, speechless.
Adverb wondrous (comparative more wondrous, superlative most wondrous) In a wonderful degree; remarkably. XIX century, As by the dead we love to sit, by Emily Dickinson As by the dead we love to sit, / Become so wondrous dear — / As for the lost we grapple / Tho' all the rest are here
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