sur·​pris·​ing·​ly | \ sər-ˈprī-ziŋ-lē , 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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Moose takes the plunge and tells his father the truth, which appears to go surprisingly well. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Can Riverdale Please Be "Bizarrodale" Every Week?," 7 Feb. 2019 She’s now equal parts GOAT and girlfriend: Her shout-out to working moms was rewarded with love, empathy, and surprisingly good advice — read the thread. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Serena Williams's First Wimbledon as a New Mother," 9 July 2018 Not surprisingly, there were also a lot of people siding with Jillian. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jillian Michaels' Keto Diet Comments Caused Al Roker to Snap on Twitter," 11 Jan. 2019 Not surprisingly, there's a waiting list of about 50 families requesting services right now in Joan's territory, an area of more than 600 square miles just north of Portland, Oregon. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images Victory City By John Strausbaugh Twelve, 487 pages, $30 Newsletter Sign-up Not surprisingly, New York was essential for the war effort. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "‘Victory City’ Review: New World Capital," 4 Jan. 2019 Isabelle is the bonkers wild card above all of those, surprisingly. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 Despite the boot's wearable technology, the design is surprisingly anything but clunky and reportedly lightweight too. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jimmy Choo Debuts Smart Boots With Heated Insoles For Winter," 8 Nov. 2018 The Spanish museums were surprisingly generous with their Goyas. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "SAMA only place in U.S. to see show of Picasso, Goya, El Greco works," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of surprisingly

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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