Related formssur·pris·ing·ly, adverbun·sur·pris·ing, adjectiveun·sur·pris·ing·ly, adverb
Definition for surprising (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), sur·prised, sur·pris·ing.
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 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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This was very blunt and surprising to hear from any official in charge of an aviation disaster.
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|Keli Goff|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We will see some surprising groups, maybe a legion of them, face the Six.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’|Rich Goldstein|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In some ways, the rapid spread of the virus there should not be surprising.
Parents later wonder where children have picked up their strange ideals and their surprising standards.Child Versus Parent|Stephen Wise
Hence it could not be surprising that the storm of popular opinion made itself heard with a louder and a louder sound.The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2|Thomas de Quincey
Well, that was surprising: he thought that the college teached such things, or why did it cost so much money to go there to learn?Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall|Robert S. Hawker
Is it surprising that, philosopher as he was, he should have given way to grief and despondency.Beacon Lights of History, Volume III|John Lord
A large volume, yet one arrives at the end of it with surprising quickness, because the pages seem to slip over of themselves.Books and Persons|Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for surprising (1 of 2)
Derived Formssurprisingly, adverbsurprisingness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for surprising (2 of 2)
- 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 surprising
see take by surprise.