WONDER, marvel, admire; be surprised &c. adj.; start; stare; open -, rub -, turn up- ones eyes; gloar [obs.]; gape, open ones mouth, hold ones breath; look -, stand- -aghast, - agog; look blank (disappointment) [See Disappointment]; tomber des nues [F.]; not believe ones -eyes, - ears, - senses; not be able to account for (unintelligible) [See Unintelligibility]; not know whether one stands on ones head or ones heels.
ASTONISH, surprise, amaze, astound; dumfound or dumbfound, dumfounder or dumbfounder, startle, dazzle; daze; strike, - with -wonder, - awe; electrify; stun, stupefy, petrify, confound, bewilder, flabbergast [colloq.]; stagger, throw on ones beam ends, fascinate, turn the head, take away ones breath, strike dumb; make ones -hair stand on end, - tongue cleave to the roof of ones mouth; make one stare.
TAKE BY SURPRISE, take unawares &c. (be unexpected) [See Inexpectation].
BE WONDERFUL &c. adj.; beggar -, baffle- description; stagger belief.
ASTONISHED, surprised &c. v.; aghast, all agog, breathless, agape; openmouthed; awe-, thunder-, moon-, planet- struck; spellbound; lost in -amazement, - wonder, - astonishment; struck all of a heap [colloq.], unable to believe ones senses; like a duck in -a fit, - thunder [both colloq.].
WONDERFUL, wondrous; surprising &c. v.; unexpected [See Inexpectation]; unheard of; mysterious (inexplicable) [See Unintelligibility]; miraculous.
monstrous, prodigious, stupendous, marvelous; inconceivable, incredible, inimaginable [obs.], unimaginable; strange (uncommon) [See Unconformity]; passing strange.
striking &c. v.; overwhelming; wonder-working.
INDESCRIBABLE, inexpressible, ineffable; unutterable, unspeakable.
WONDERFULLY &c. adj.; fearfully; for a wonder, in the name of wonder; strange to say; mirabile dictu [L.], mirabile visu [L.]; to ones great surprise.
WITH WONDER &c. n., with gaping mouth, with open eyes, with upturned eyes; with the eyes starting out of ones head.
LO! lo and behold! O! heyday! halloo! what! indeed! really! surely! humph! hem! good -lack, - heavens, - gracious! gad so! welladay! dear me! only think! lackadaisy! my stars! my goodness! gracious goodness! goodness gracious! mercy on us! heavens and earth! God bless me! bless us! bless my heart! odzookens! O gemini! adzooks! hoity-toity! strong! Heaven save -, bless- the mark! can such things be! zounds! sdeath! what on earth! what in the world! who would have thought it! (inexpectation) [See Inexpectation]; you dont say so! what do you say to that! nous verrons! [F.], how now! where am I? fancy! do tell! [U. S.], Ciel! [F.]; what do you know! [slang, U. S.]; what do you know about that! [slang, U. S.]; well, Ill be jiggered! [colloq.].
Vox faucibus hæsit.
Ones hair standing on end.
Oppressd with awe And stupid at the wondrous things he saw.Dryden
This is wondrous strange.Hamlet
All wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance.Johnson
Wonder is involuntary praise.Young
That is ever the difference between the wise and the unwise: the latter wonders at what is unusual; the wise man wonders at the usual.Emerson
The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.Chesterton