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

Definition of unsurprisingly

1 : as is not surprising matters complicate, unsurprisingly— Stanley Kauffmann
2 : in an unsurprising manner the story ended unsurprisingly

Examples of unsurprisingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps unsurprisingly, San Francisco won the title for most anti-Trump county, followed by nearby Marin County. Erin Rode, USA TODAY, "In California: Masks are now required in public; Project Roomkey gets $62 million," 18 Nov. 2020 But sleeping with gas station headphones was unsurprisingly uncomfortable. Emily Blackwood, SELF, "This Bluetooth-Enhanced Eye Mask Changed the Way I Sleep," 18 Nov. 2020 The trouble, unsurprisingly, comes from the very things Nvidia has been banking on all along: its RTX-specific cores. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "AMD Radeon RX 6800, 6800XT review: The 1440p GPU beasts you’ve been craving," 18 Nov. 2020 Her answer, unsurprisingly, is a firm no grazie, but needs (and movie plots) must. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Sentimental Netflix drama The Life Ahead finds its heart in star Sophia Loren: Review," 13 Nov. 2020 Perhaps unsurprisingly—Kate is famously an avid shutterbug—some of the photos appear to have been taken by the Duchess herself, including an adorable shot of Prince George that was released in honor of the Prince's sixth birthday. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Shows Off Sweet Family Photos in Rare Peek Inside Kensington Palace," 10 Nov. 2020 More complicated systems are, unsurprisingly, more likely to produce inaccuracies, according to a study conducted for the U.S. Department of Labor. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "He Made a Minor Mistake Filling Out an Unemployment Form. Then the State Demanded $14,990 From Him.," 29 Oct. 2020 Her new spin on maternity style was unsurprisingly chic. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Stuns in a Baby Blue Mini Dress and Sneakers," 7 Nov. 2020 The song unsurprisingly debuted at No. 1 -- the first rap single ever to do so -- and stayed there for 11 weeks, also becoming the longest-reigning hip-hop No. 1 to that point. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "In Honor of the 30th Anniversary of Rap's First Hot 100 No. 1, A List of Hip-Hop Hot 100 Firsts," 4 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unsurprisingly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unsurprisingly

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unsurprisingly

Time Traveler for unsurprisingly

Time Traveler

The first known use of unsurprisingly was in 1950

See more words from the same year

Statistics for unsurprisingly

Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unsurprisingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsurprisingly. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on unsurprisingly

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for unsurprisingly

Comments on unsurprisingly

What made you want to look up unsurprisingly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!