verb (used with object), sur·prised, sur·pris·ing.
- surplus value,
- surprise party,
- surprise symphony,
- to come upon unawares.
- to astonish; amaze: The amount of the donation took us completely by surprise.
Origin of surprise
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
- to come upon suddenly and without warning
- to capture unexpectedly or catch unprepared
- to astonish; amaze
Word Origin for surprise
1610s, "attacked unexpectedly," past participle adjective from surprise (v.). Meaning "excited by something unexpected" is from 1882.
late 14c., "unexpected attack or capture," from Middle French surprise "a taking unawares," from noun use of past participle of Old French surprendre "to overtake," from sur- "over" (see sur-) + prendre "to take," from Latin prendere, contracted from prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile). Meaning "something unexpected" first recorded 1590s, that of "feeling caused by something unexpected" is c.1600. Meaning "fancy dish" is attested from 1708.
A Surprize is ... a dish ... which promising little from its first appearance, when open abounds with all sorts of variety. [W. King, "Cookery," 1708]
Surprise party originally was a military detachment (1841); festive sense is attested from 1858.
see take by surprise.