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surprising

[ ser-prahy-zing, suh- ]
/ sərˈpraɪ zɪŋ, sə- /
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adjective
causing surprise, wonder, or astonishment.
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Origin of surprising

First recorded in 1570–80; surprise + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM surprising

sur·pris·ing·ly, adverbun·sur·pris·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for surprising

surprising
/ (səˈpraɪzɪŋ) /

adjective
causing surprise; unexpected or amazing

Derived forms of surprising

surprisingly, adverbsurprisingness, noun
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