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[uh-mey-zing] /əˈmeɪ zɪŋ/
causing great surprise or sudden wonder.
Origin of amazing
First recorded in 1520-30; amaze + -ing2
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amazingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • "Be seated as one of us," and he amazingly proffered me his cigarette case.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • When the toad first emerges from the egg it is amazingly like the fish.

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  • I squared my shoulders and as Hephzy would have said, "perked up" amazingly.

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  • The world had changed around for him amazingly in the past few days.

  • Peter didn't care who knew or saw, because he really liked Beth amazingly.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for amazingly


causing wonder or astonishment: amazing feats
Derived Forms
amazingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for amazingly



early 15c., "stupefactive;" 1590s, "dreadful;" present participle adjective from amaze. Sense of "wonderful" is recorded from 1704. Related: Amazingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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