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[ser-prahy-zing, suh-] /sərˈpraɪ zɪŋ, sə-/
causing surprise, wonder, or astonishment.
Origin of surprising
First recorded in 1570-80; surprise + -ing2
Related forms
surprisingly, adverb
unsurprising, adjective
unsurprisingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • They are the slowest and least active of all the monkey tribe, and their motions are surprisingly awkward and uncouth.

  • The cherries were not surprisingly large, but were of the colors and transparency of honey.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • The play proceeded, and the general effect was surprisingly pleasant to Edward Henry.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • I wish I had been one; this morphology is surprisingly interesting.

  • Kenyon had rallied so surprisingly, and had himself begged them to play.

    Some Persons Unknown E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for surprisingly


causing surprise; unexpected or amazing
Derived Forms
surprisingly, adverb
surprisingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for surprisingly

1660s, from surprising (see surprise (v.)) + -ly (2).

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