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
synonym study for surprise
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
Example sentences from the Web for surprise
Given the numbers, it should not come as a surprise that so many businesses are moving their marketing efforts to TikTok.
That the September number came with a 1-4 finish — the lone win over non-playoff Dallas — should not be a surprise.It’s Win Or Go Home This Week In The WNBA Playoffs|Howard Megdal|September 15, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
So, if the deal does manage to come together it will be more surprise than eventuality.China may kill TikTok’s U.S. operations rather than see them sold|Alex Wilhelm|September 11, 2020|TechCrunch
It should be no surprise that you two are having sex and the kind of sex you’re having and the way you’re having it is what it is.
So it was a bit of a surprise that this year’s session ended just as dramatically.Sacramento Report: 3 Takeaways From a Wild Legislative Session|Sara Libby|September 4, 2020|Voice of San Diego
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.
He had written to Maggie, and been surprised and hurt to receive no reply.Bob, Son of Battle|Alfred Ollivant
Another thing I was surprised at was the way they go at football here.Quarter-Back Bates|Ralph Henry Barbour
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 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.