sur·​prised | \ sər-ˈprīzd, 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

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His mom, who couldn't hold back the tears of excitement in the video was obviously completely surprised. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Gave His Mom A House For Christmas And Her Reaction Is Everything," 31 Dec. 2018 Even the models who participated were surprised at Aerie's stealth release. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "New Aerie models show off bras in wheelchairs, with insulin pumps as Twitter cheers," 11 July 2018 When the Beatle and the rapper met up in the studio to create the song, Paul was surprised at how different their songwriting processes were. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Paul McCartney Talks Working With Kanye West & More: 5 Things We Learned From His 'DIY' Interview," 20 June 2018 So, don't be surprised that her first-ever design collaboration is with a suiting brand. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Vanessa Hudgens, Queen of Boho, Designed Some Very Chic Suits," 11 Oct. 2018 No one should be surprised that the beta program participants are also the first to release final versions of Android Pie. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus takes just 45 days to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6," 23 Sep. 2018 People were universally surprised that Curt was an electric bike. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Ampler Curt e-bike review: electric doesn’t have to mean big and ugly," 6 Sep. 2018 In 1980, Robert Shafran, 19 at the time, arrived at Sullivan County Community College in New York for his freshman year and was surprised that everyone was so warmly welcoming. New York Times, "Review: The Surreal, Heartbreaking Case of ‘Three Identical Strangers’," 27 June 2018 That leaves Mark, his father, proud but not surprised. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, "Father and son spread happiness, one crazy pair of socks at a time," 27 June 2018

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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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