Definition of wunderkind in US English:


nounPlural wunderkinds, Plural wunderkinder

  • A person who achieves great success when relatively young.

    • ‘I'm not much interested in golf, and I don't really follow it, but I'm intrigued by this story about the newest wunderkind in the game, who happens to be a girl.’
    • ‘In the past year, Calvin Kitten has evolved from being a wunderkind to an extraordinary, mature artist.’
    • ‘At 53, his blond hair graying, he is no longer the wunderkind who, in his early thirties, changed the way CEOs thought about their companies and industries.’
    • ‘Called variously a child prodigy, a boy wonder, and the wunderkind of science fiction, Delany began to write when he was quite young.’
    • ‘More than a musical wunderkind, Devendra is also a writer and artist.’
    • ‘Don't Look Back reminds us that our gifted wunderkinds are still young people, unfinished youths waiting to grow into the adults they will become.’
    • ‘Mama, convinced she had produced a wunderkind, arranged for Cole to play piano and violin concerts in and around Peru.’
    • ‘I was never in the position where I had to be the next wunderkind, the new marketing phenomenon.’
    • ‘Teenage wunderkinds are ten-a-penny; on the strength of one decent performance, a young conductor can be hailed as the new Karajan.’
    • ‘Discussions have been held with his mother Judy on how the tennis wunderkind can access ongoing support and Harrison will soon sit down with his coach, Mark Petchey, to plot the way ahead.’
    • ‘Our current crop of literary wunderkinds will be little noted nor long remembered.’
    • ‘Though these are his fifth and sixth albums, they mark the mainstream induction of the prolific wunderkind, who has been making and independently releasing recordings since his early teens.’
    • ‘Once these two celebrity hair wunderkinds agreed to follow their jointly shared visions for a salon, there was no stopping them.’
    • ‘Unlike most wunderkinds, who usually decline into dull middle age, Rattle is already a great, but a great who - without losing the vigour - is clearly maturing with every performance.’
    • ‘The dot-coms are creating millionaires literally overnight and these nuevo rich wunderkinds, along with their businesses and corporations, all want to reside in San Francisco.’
    • ‘None of the authors of these books was thought of as a wunderkind.’
    • ‘The days of throwing millions at unproven wunderkinds with an interesting idea but no concept of how to create a viable business plan appear to be over.’
    • ‘But that's the thing, the Hawaiian wunderkind has been pushed into adulthood when she is barely into her teens.’
    • ‘He leaves listeners entirely convinced that his 18-year-old striker is morphing into a multi-faceted performer possessing the prowess, but none of the pretensions, synonymous with the game's most coveted wunderkinds.’
    • ‘In reality most of the supposedly ‘promising’ juniors will fall by the wayside and I can't help being rather cynical when people try to impress me with news about their local wunderkind.’
    genius, expert, master, master hand, artist, maestro, prodigy, marvel, adept, past master, specialist, skilled person, professional, doyen, authority, veteran
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Late 19th century: from German, from Wunder ‘wonder’ + Kind ‘child’.