verb (used with object), sur·prised, sur·pris·ing.
- to come upon unawares.
- to astonish; amaze: The amount of the donation took us completely by surprise.
Origin of surprise
Related formssur·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
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.
Examples from the Web for surprised
For his part, Bratton is disappointed but not surprised that the same narrative is already being mapped onto Fry and Spencer.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And finally, this is who most of our political press is—gullible enough to be surprised by either of the first two.
I wouldn't, but I also wouldn't be surprised if Patriots fans didn't properly comprehend the mechanics of sex, either.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
None of this would have surprised Kolko, who died earlier this year, or Buchanan, who died in 2013.
He was surprised that the central bank did not understand that.
Another thing I was surprised at was the way they go at football here.Quarter-Back Bates|Ralph Henry Barbour
He had written to Maggie, and been surprised and hurt to receive no reply.Bob, Son of Battle|Alfred Ollivant
I'm surprised at you, Miriam, when you know how dear mamma would have forbidden it.The Wild Olive|Basil King
He evidently expected me to be surprised at this, and I was surprised.Once Upon A Time|Richard Harding Davis
Surprised, for the moment frightened, the broncho sprang to his feet—paused irresolute.Where the Trail Divides|Will Lillibridge
British Dictionary definitions for surprised
- to come upon suddenly and without warning
- to capture unexpectedly or catch unprepared
- to astonish; amaze
Derived Formssurprisal, nounsurprised, adjectivesurprisedly (səˈpraɪzɪdlɪ), adverbsurpriser, noun
Word Origin for surprise
Idioms and Phrases with surprised
see take by surprise.