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 Don’t be surprised if Saturday’s game ends with both teams scoring 35 or more points. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Five biggest questions for Week 12 in college football," 19 Nov. 2020 However, don’t be surprised if at some point people want to make up their own minds. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 17, 2020: Gemini, relax, have fun; Cancer, let creativity sprout," 17 Nov. 2020 The fishermen were warned to leave the area and were surprised when the U.S. Coast Guard told them to comply with warnings issued by the Russian warships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Not Cool: Russian Warships Harassed American Fishermen Near Alaska," 16 Nov. 2020 Wills was shattered by the results but not surprised. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "As Trump Gained Latino Support in Florida, Biden’s Campaign Ignored Warnings," 10 Nov. 2020 This steam is then used to turn an electric turbine (don't pretend to be surprised). Rhett Allain, Wired, "Everything You Need to Know About Energy," 10 Nov. 2020 Depending on how quickly the Cowboys are out of this race, don’t be surprised if rookie Ben DiNucci resurfaces. David Moore, Dallas News, "Rather than discuss work left for Cowboys after bye week, let’s talk QB plans, birthday celebrations and more," 10 Nov. 2020 While the rest of the NFL may be surprised, Trey Hendrickson isn't. Rod Walker,, "Walker: Trey Hendrickson having a breakout season, but Saints' DE hungry for so much more," 9 Nov. 2020 Don’t be surprised if wide receiver Jesse Matthews is back there the next time SDSU returns a punt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 Things We Learned ... in the Aztecs’ 28-17 loss to San Jose State," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

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“Surprised.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 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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