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surprising

[ser-prahy-zing, suh-]
adjective
1.
causing surprise, wonder, or astonishment.

Origin:
1570–80; surprise + -ing2

surprisingly, adverb
unsurprising, adjective
unsurprisingly, adverb
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surprising (səˈpraɪzɪŋ)
 
adj
causing surprise; unexpected or amazing
 
sur'prisingly
 
adv
 
sur'prisingness
 
n

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surprise
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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