[ser-prahy-zing, suh-]
causing surprise, wonder, or astonishment.

1570–80; surprise + -ing2

surprisingly, adverb
unsurprising, adjective
unsurprisingly, adverb Unabridged
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surprising (səˈpraɪzɪŋ)
causing surprise; unexpected or amazing

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "unexpected attack or capture," from M.Fr. surprise "a taking unawares," from noun use of pp. of O.Fr. surprendre "to overtake," from sur- "over" + prendre "to take," from L. 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]
The verb is from late 15c. Surprise party originally was a military detachment (1841); festive sense is attested from 1858. Related: Surprising; surprisingly.
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Example sentences
Measured a different way, the correlation between money and happiness is
  surprisingly strong.
Simple to make and surprisingly durable, painted canvas used as a floor mat
  adds graphic punch to a room.
The bubble that separates our sun from the galaxy is surprisingly active.
The capacitive stylus has turned out to be surprisingly useful for a lot of
  things, but up until now it was never a flirting tool.
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