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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Johnson seemed surprised, make an awkward attempt to bring the ball behind his back and fell to the court. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Aaron Holiday battles Collin Sexton as Pacers come up short in summer league vs. Cavs," 9 July 2018 When Peterson is found guilty, even the prosecutors seem surprised, given how limited their evidence was. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Queasy Verdict of The Staircase," 26 June 2018 To reveal any more would be unfair, but prepare to be surprised by joy, at the outset, and to wind up baffled and sad. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Leave No Trace” and “Three Identical Strangers”," 21 June 2018 The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised. Fox News, "Trump's vow to end military drills with Seoul stuns a region," 13 June 2018 Farmer Chuck Beldo seemed surprised that the calves, born May 24 on the family farm near Sebeka, have made it this far. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "They had a 1 in 11 million chance of survival. Now these quadruplet calves need names," 8 June 2018 Unlike Slade, Blake was a bit surprised by the offensive muscle for the opening weekend of all-star play. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pinto Maroon all-stars outscore foes 36-5 to win Directors title," 3 June 2018 Tyler wasn't the only person surprised by his father's return. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Soldier deployed overseas surprises son at high school graduation," 3 June 2018 Members of Detroit’s business community seemed surprised that nine out of 10 Detroit third-graders do not read at grade level. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "If Detroit's leaders don't want to talk race, then talk schools," 29 May 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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