verb (used with object), sur·prised, sur·pris·ing.
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Idioms for surprise
- to come upon unawares.
- to astonish; amaze: The amount of the donation took us completely by surprise.
Origin of surprise
synonym study for surprise
historical usage of surprise
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM surprisesur·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
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Example sentences from the Web for unsurprised
Color me unsurprised; I never got the Groupon business model.
It was a woman's voice, pleasant, unsurprised, perfectly modulated.Elusive Isabel|Jacques Futrelle
Marianson's neighbors closed around her, unsurprised at her late arrival, filled only with the general calamity.Marianson|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
She was unsurprised but she flushed under his hungry eyes, and the little cross throbbed at her throat.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine|John Fox, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for unsurprised (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for unsurprised (2 of 2)
- to come upon suddenly and without warning
- to capture unexpectedly or catch unprepared
- to astonish; amaze
Derived forms of surprisesurprisal, nounsurprised, adjectivesurprisedly (səˈpraɪzɪdlɪ), adverbsurpriser, noun
Word Origin for surprise
Idioms and Phrases with unsurprised
see take by surprise.