sur·​pris·​ing·​ly | \ sər-ˈprī-ziŋ-lē How to pronounce surprisingly (audio) , sə-\

Definition of surprisingly

1 : in a surprising manner : to a surprising degree a surprisingly fast runner
2 : it is surprising that surprisingly, voter turnout was high

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In addition to Streep, The Laundromat stars Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas as the (surprisingly funny) men behind a suspicious Panamanian law firm. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "In The Laundromat, Meryl Streep Uncovers Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas's Dirty Dealings," 29 Aug. 2019 Luckily and somewhat surprisingly, phone use is down among drivers. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Deaths caused by red light runners hit a 10-year high, AAA says," 29 Aug. 2019 Not surprisingly, home care has an immense amount of turnover—clocked at 82% in 2018—largely due to low pay, lack of benefits, unmanageable hours, and the demands of the job. Riane Eisler, Quartz, "The fight between capitalism and socialism will be won by a totally different “ism”," 29 Aug. 2019 The keys themselves are surprisingly tactile for a tablet keyboard. Wired, "It's a Very Good Time to Buy a Surface Pro 6," 28 Aug. 2019 The American Petroleum Institute had projected a surprisingly large crude draw of about 11 million barrels, helping to boost oil prices by more than $1.50 a barrel early Wednesday morning. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oil inventories plunge although U.S. crude output hits new record," 28 Aug. 2019 But one set of story arcs remains surprisingly underdeveloped: that in which the superheroes are the bad guys. M.s., The Economist, "“The Boys” is a superhero series for the Trump era," 27 Aug. 2019 That night, tight timing was the mother of invention: an apéritif bright with citrus, light on booze, invigoratingly cold, and surprisingly festive—all in a single mouthful. Rebekah Peppler, Bon Appétit, "You Should Be Doing More Shots," 26 Aug. 2019 Not surprisingly, the junior from Sayville, N.Y., is set to start the season-opener Friday at South Florida. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As expected, junior Jack Coan set to open the 2019 season as UW's No. 1 quarterback," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of surprisingly

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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