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
The shift is a surprising and significant move from the institution, known for its highly traditional views on family and gender.
Bubba Starling is today, if this keeps up, in the middle of one of the most interesting and in some ways surprising seasons of any of the thousands of men in minor-league baseball.
There is nothing surprising in the fact that our missiles worked, or that our Hornet could engage and destroy the Syrian Air Force jet with near impunity at the individual level.
Spring Street Park Designed by Lehrer Architects, the pocket park between 4th and 5th streets is a surprising little oasis.
There is nothing surprising about Kim Kardashian West launching a line of contouring makeup sticks.
And the loss (along with another, more surprising, near miss in South Carolina tonight) means Democrats will almost certainly enter the 2018 election cycle without that satisfying mark in the W column to encourage donors and help recruit candidates.
Arik Achmon, who fought with Israeli paratroopers in the Six-Day War of 1967, shares the surprising story of how Israel chose to concede sovereignty over the holy Temple Mount site—moments after conquering it.
Last year’s inaugural Pinknic reeled in a surprising 12,000 guests.
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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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