verb (used with object), sur·prised, sur·pris·ing.
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Idioms for surprise
- to come upon unawares.
- to astonish; amaze: The amount of the donation took us completely by surprise.
Origin of surprise
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historical usage of surprise
The original 15th-century meaning of the English noun was “an unexpected or sudden attack without warning” (a surprise attack, therefore, was a redundancy). In the 19th century, the term surprise party came into use with two disparate senses: the earlier one was “a body of soldiers prepared to make a sudden, stealthy attack,” which held close to the original sense of surprise; the second, slightly later one was “a party or celebration planned for someone as a surprise,” which of course has survived as the meaning familiar to us today.
OTHER WORDS FROM surprisesur·pris·ed·ly [ser-prahy-zid-lee, -prahyzd-, suh-], /sərˈpraɪ zɪd li, -ˈpraɪzd-, sə-/, adverbsur·pris·er, nounsu·per·sur·prise, nounun·sur·prised, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for surprise
That his extracurricular activity as a vaccine appointment coordinator was going on during school hours came as a surprise to his mother.
By the end, their perception of cold had lessened—no surprise to anyone who has noticed how the same temperature that felt miserably cold for a run in November can feel delightfully warm in March.
No surprise here, since the latter was loosely based on our minds.This ‘Quantum Brain’ Would Mimic Our Own to Speed Up AI|Shelly Fan|February 9, 2021|Singularity Hub
It shouldn’t come as a surprise as more consumers expecting their favorite brands’ values to align with their own.Marketing Briefing: How the Super Bowl represents a return to normalcy that’s yet to become reality|Kristina Monllos|February 9, 2021|Digiday
Among the many surprises of the past year, it turns out that one tiny squirrel can provide tremendous solace.How a sickly squirrel offered me unexpected comfort|Pam Spritzer|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
That Stone would slander the democratic, pro-Western, EuroMaidan revolution as a CIA coup is no surprise.
His surprise marriage to theater director Sophie Hunter may have broken hearts, but the squeals of delight were even louder.
The news came as a surprise even to fans of Gordon-Levitt, who was only photographed with McCauley for the first time last May.
Postscript Of all the interviews I did Lee Marvin was by far the biggest surprise.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To my own surprise, last year I started a book club, which includes writers, editors and an agent.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was busy loading the piece when an exclamation of surprise from one of the men made me look up.
A flash of surprise and pleasure lit the fine eyes of the haughty beauty perched up there on the palace wall.
Great was the surprise of Alf at the honour and labour thus thrust upon him, but he did not shrink from it.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Vague murmurs of doubt and surprise reached the ears of two of the British magistrates.
To Harry's surprise, the soldier detailed to go with him proved to be a boy, not much older than himself.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for surprise
- to come upon suddenly and without warning
- to capture unexpectedly or catch unprepared
- to astonish; amaze
Derived forms of surprisesurprisal, nounsurprised, adjectivesurprisedly (səˈpraɪzɪdlɪ), adverbsurpriser, noun
Word Origin for surprise
Idioms and Phrases with surprise
see take by surprise.