[ser-prahy-zing, suh-]


causing surprise, wonder, or astonishment.

Origin of surprising

First recorded in 1570–80; surprise + -ing2
Related formssur·pris·ing·ly, adverbun·sur·pris·ing, adjectiveun·sur·pris·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for surprisingly

Contemporary Examples of surprisingly

Historical Examples of surprisingly

  • But to return to my lady:—She got surprisingly well after my master's decease.

  • Surprisingly enough these two likewise are discussing Sam Graham.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Surprisingly, their feeling about the Howth gun-raid became cool.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • For a man of his years, he was surprisingly vigorous and erect—no labour could tire him.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • Hephzy, when she did return to the hotel, was surprisingly chatty and good-humored.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for surprisingly



causing surprise; unexpected or amazing
Derived Formssurprisingly, adverbsurprisingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for surprisingly

1660s, from surprising (see surprise (v.)) + -ly (2).

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