sur·​pris·​ing sər-ˈprī-ziŋ How to pronounce surprising (audio)
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surprising was in 1614

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“Surprising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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: causing surprise : amazing

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