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[ser-prahy-zing, suh-] /sərˈpraɪ zɪŋ, sə-/
causing surprise, wonder, or astonishment.
Origin of surprising
1570-80; surprise + -ing2
Related forms
surprisingly, adverb
unsurprising, adjective
unsurprisingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Measured a different way, the correlation between money and happiness is surprisingly strong.
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  • They have had a surprisingly good crisis given the country's economic woes.
  • Despite their prominent place in the food chain, surprisingly little is known about the reproduction of sharks.
  • Sometimes funny, often snarky, they were mostly surprisingly harsh.
  • And the fleet of aircraft needed to keep that screen in being turns out to be surprisingly small.
British Dictionary definitions for surprisingly


causing surprise; unexpected or amazing
Derived Forms
surprisingly, adverb
surprisingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for surprisingly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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