surprising

adjective

Definition of surprising

  1. :  of a nature that excites surprise

Examples of surprising in a sentence

  1. It's not surprising that he doesn't want to go.

  2. The changes to the campus were surprising.

  3. He shows a surprising lack of concern for others.

  4. A surprising number of people were laid off at the factory.

1614

First Known Use of surprising

1614


SURPRISING Defined for English Language Learners

surprising

adjective

Definition of surprising for English Language Learners

  • : unexpected or unusual : causing surprise


SURPRISING Defined for Kids

surprising

adjective sur·pris·ing \sər-ˈprī-ziŋ, sə-ˈprī-ziŋ\

Definition of surprising for Students

  1. :  causing astonishment :  unexpected Although some things were always the same with Abuelita … others were surprising … — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising

surprisingly

adverb He is a surprisingly good singer.


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