sur·​prised sər-ˈprīzd How to pronounce surprised (audio)
: 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 People who take on their first management role are often surprised to find out how much of their day is consumed by people issues and putting out fires. Adam Bryant, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 While Smith’s debut was a success, designer Raul Lopez was surprised to see Queen Bey sitting front row at his show. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 14 Feb. 2024 The researchers were surprised to discover that the infused patient cells,enhanced with protective molecules, suppressed lupus without the need for toxic immunosuppressant drugs. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 14 Feb. 2024 Is there anything the Chiefs did that surprised you guys? Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 As soon as the four singers entered the dental office, in their striped barbershop regalia, word got around and the waiting room filled with surprised patients. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 But don’t be surprised if Super Bowl LVIII turns into a ground-game battle, with the Chiefs able to hold their own. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 If Republicans had nominated someone like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, no one would have been surprised to see Hillary Clinton narrowly lose the election. Nate Cohn, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Second-year student Django Bonderman and third-year student Jenn Chalifoux-Gene were both surprised on Thursday that the justices hardly touched on the question of whether Trump engaged in insurrection. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surprised was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Surprised.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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