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

Examples of surprisingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Somewhat surprisingly, Monte chooses to evict Turner. Kyle Fowle,, 26 Sep. 2022 Yet back-to-back close calls against Miami and Arkansas have surprisingly kept the Aggies in the conversation for the SEC West and a possible Playoff spot. Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Sep. 2022 Weber, 32, has been part of 19 transactions with the Yankees this season and a surprisingly helpful player. Peter Abraham,, 24 Sep. 2022 Here, an option that’s forgiving, surprisingly under $150, and endowed with subtle pockets. Jaimie Potters, ELLE, 24 Sep. 2022 The movie surprisingly became the highest-grossing installment of any of the Conjuring movies. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Sep. 2022 Our mouth, throat and vocal cords form a surprisingly sophisticated musical instrument, and the richness and subtlety of our speech comes from exquisite control of their shape as air is pushed out of our lungs. Helen Czerski, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2022 Not surprisingly, that approach seriously dampened Republican efforts to appeal to immigrant voters or their children. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The soy chorizo adds so much flavor, and the chunks of squash are a surprisingly nice addition. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of surprisingly

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Surprisingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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