verb (used with object), sur·prised, sur·pris·ing.
- surplus value,
- surprise party,
- surprise symphony,
- to come upon unawares.
- to astonish; amaze: The amount of the donation took us completely by surprise.
Origin of surprise
Examples 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.
- 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.