sur·​prised | \ sər-ˈprīzd How to pronounce surprised (audio) , sə- \

Definition of surprised

: feeling or showing surprise because of something unexpected was very surprised to see her there was too surprised to speak a surprised expression

Examples of surprised in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not much is known about who these guys are playing, but Murphy’s character appears pretty surprised to see an infant—or at least concerned. Nick Romano,, "Unmute! A Quiet Place 2 trailer sends Emily Blunt into the outside world," 1 Jan. 2020 However, don’t be surprised if there is some late-game scoring that pushes the total OVER 54.5 (-115) in San Antonio. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Alamo Bowl: Utah vs. Texas odds, picks and best bets," 31 Dec. 2019 In Santa Barbara and Orange counties, residents were surprised with emergency alerts announcing tornado warnings. Wendy Leung, USA TODAY, "In California: Cleaning up tornado damage after Christmas storm," 26 Dec. 2019 When asked about the claim on Tuesday, Peterson sounded surprised. Lynn Arditi, ProPublica, "This Former Firefighter Has a Criminal Past. Now, He’s on the Board That Advises the State on Its EMS System.," 23 Dec. 2019 Those of you who knew him in circumstances that were the antithesis of spiritual may be surprised that such a side existed. John J. Miller, National Review, "Andy Warhola’s Religion," 19 Dec. 2019 Simon would not have been at all surprised to find that, 30 years on, those hierarchies were increasingly enabled by, and dependent on, computers processing reams of data. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 Singer Ciara surprised students at Paul Duke STEM High School in Norcross as part of a competition created by the Amazon Future Engineer program. Essence, "Ciara Surprises STEM Students At Atlanta High School," 17 Dec. 2019 But nothing has surprised people more than Sean Spicer's ability to avoid elimination week after week, despite his consistently low scores. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "'DWTS' Pro Jenna Johnson Was Shocked to Hear Sean Spicer Was Saved Yet Again," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of surprised

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surprised was in 1882

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5 Jan 2020

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“Surprised.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of surprised

: having or showing the feeling that people get when something unexpected or unusual happens : feeling or showing surprise

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