Wonder or Wander?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between wonder and wander?
Wonder is a feeling of amazement and admiration. As a verb, to wonder means to want to know something. For example:
- It's a wonder you passed the exam.
- I wonder how old she is.
- I think I'll go for a wander.
- We found grandma wandering in the park.
Wonder and WanderThe words wonder and wander sound similar, but their meanings are very different.
WonderThe noun wonder describes a feeling of amazement (usually caused by something beautiful or remarkable). As a verb, to wonder means to want to know something. It is similar to to ponder or to feel curious.
- Wisdom begins in wonder. (Socrates)
- It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. (Mark Twain)
WanderTo wander is a verb meaning to walk in a leisurely or aimless way. It is similar in meaning to to stroll or to dawdle. As a noun, wander describes the act of wandering.
- Not all those who wander are lost. (J R R Tolkien)
- I was a fantastic student until my mind began to wander. (Grace Paley)
- I went on a wander through the forest to see the flowers in bloom. (Here, wander is a noun.)