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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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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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