Origin of surprising
verb (used with object), sur·prised, sur·pris·ing.
Origin of surprise
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Contemporary Examples of surprising
And yet as Robert Ward discovered, Marvin—for all of his larger-than-life machismo—was surprising in real life.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
This was very blunt and surprising to hear from any official in charge of an aviation disaster.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Yet King and others are likely to find new support for such measures thanks to a surprising source: the President.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
December 15, 2014
We will see some surprising groups, maybe a legion of them, face the Six.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’
December 6, 2014
In some ways, the rapid spread of the virus there should not be surprising.Millions Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of surprising
But he could not help looking back to wonder at the surprising likeness.Brave and Bold
There seemed to be no reserve with this surprising young person.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Under the circumstances, it is surprising how much of plainness women have preserved.The Bacillus of Beauty
My chief pleasure in life, professor, is the surprising of you.In the Midst of Alarms
We use modern methods on Indian material and the results are most surprising.Her Father's Daughter
- to come upon suddenly and without warning
- to capture unexpectedly or catch unprepared
- to astonish; amaze
Word Origin for surprise
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.