Definition of surprising
: of a nature that excites surprise
Examples of surprising in a Sentence
It's not surprising that he doesn't want to go.
The changes to the campus were surprising.
He shows a surprising lack of concern for others.
A surprising number of people were laid off at the factory.
Recent Examples of surprising from the Web
Hampton Creek Foods - the Silicon Valley startup behind egg- and dairy-free products like Just Mayo and Just Cookie Dough - has some surprising roots in Alabama.
This is not surprising to me because there is none!
What’s most surprising isn’t that politicians start wars to consolidate their own power, but that the people don’t always simply assume that leaders choose war for that reason.
The Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers are both in first place, meaning the season has been a surprising success so far.
Most surprising to Obradovich was that the researchers were able to see a strong effect of heat on sleep at all.
And Bryant's poise wasn't surprising to longtime agent Scott Boras, who has witnessed his client get antsy only in specific moments.
So their actual results were surprising—to the algorithms, at least.
The electronics retailer said sales at domestic stores open at least a year rose 1.4%, surprising investors who were bracing for a decline.
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First Known Use of surprising
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Definition of surprising for English Language Learners
: unexpected or unusual : causing surprise
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Definition of surprising for Students
: causing astonishment : unexpected Although some things were always the same with Abuelita … others were surprising … — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
surprisinglyadverb He is a surprisingly good singer.
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