verb (used with object), sur·prised, sur·pris·ing.
- to come upon unawares.
- to astonish; amaze: The amount of the donation took us completely by surprise.
Origin of surprise
Synonyms for surprise
Related Words for unsurprisedunvexed, unworried, unconcerned, unruffled, nonplussed, tranquil, serene, placid, composed, detached, remote, distant, calm, easygoing, nonchalant, supine
Examples from the Web for unsurprised
Contemporary Examples of unsurprised
Color me unsurprised; I never got the Groupon business model.Trouble in Coupon Land
November 30, 2012
Historical Examples of unsurprised
Why keep behind unexcited, unsurprised, while the doctor told his story?The Doctor's Red Lamp
She drove to the hotel and met the cordial, unsurprised greeting of the clerk.The Dual Alliance
Marjorie Benton Cooke
There was on their thin little faces a patient and unsurprised resignation.Home Fires in France
It was a woman's voice, pleasant, unsurprised, perfectly modulated.Elusive Isabel
In fact, the only unsurprised party to the transaction was the dame known as Nature.Half Portions
- 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.