Definition of 'surprise'


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1. The feeling that something unexpected has happened.

2. attributive Unexpected.

3. Something not expected.

4. Something, such as an unexpected encounter, event, or gift, that surprises.

5. The act of surprising or the condition of being surprised.

6. [U.S.] a party of persons who assemble by mutual agreement, and without invitation, at the house of a common friend.

7. Anything that causes such a state or emotion.

8. obsolete A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents.

9. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal.

10. The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or astonishment.

11. a sudden unexpected event

12. the act of surprising someone

13. the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you

14. Anything which causes the feeling of surprise, as an unexpected event or a novel and striking thought.

15. Same as back-scratcher, 2.

16. Synonyms See surprise, v., and surprising.

17. The act of coming upon anything unawares, or of taking it suddenly and without warning or preparation: as, the fort was taken by surprise.

18. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents, or with contents of unexpected quality or variety.

19. The state of being seized with astonishment; an emotion excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly; astonishment; amazement.

20. transitive To attack unexpectedly.

21. transitive To cause (someone) to feel unusually alarmed or delighted.

22. intransitive To cause surprise.

23. intransitive To undergo or witness something unexpected.

24. transitive To take unawares.

25. transitive To do something to (a person) that they are not expecting, as a surprise.

26. come upon or take unawares

27. cause to be surprised

28. attack by storm; attack suddenly

29. To cause to feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated.

30. To attack or capture suddenly and without warning.

31. To cause (someone) to do or say something unintended or to be in an unintended condition.

32. To elicit or detect through surprise.

33. To encounter or discover suddenly or unexpectedly; take or catch unawares.

34. obsolete To hold possession of; to hold.

35. To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.

36. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound.

37. To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring (one) into some unexpected state; -- with into.


1. Unexpected opportunities and surprise arrivals add excitement to your day.

2. Time to surprise people who need it more.

3. The biggest surprise in this colourful biography is that its subject allowed it to be published.

4. You could be surprised by which one you prefer.

5. What began as bewilderment at the surprise attack turned rapidly to seething defensiveness.

6. Your new love choices are good but surprise your pals.

7. The allied attack had come as something of a surprise to him.

8. Definitely could spring another surprise at a big price.

9. The results are hardly a big surprise.

10. The music icon disappeared for years before a surprise solo comeback this year.

11. The surprising fact was that there was no corruption.

12. Their first surprise was to discover they were not in the minority.

13. To beat them all again was an unexpected surprise.

14. There was no time to be surprised.

15. The big surprise was how easy it was.

16. Everything that happens is inevitable and yet comes as a surprise.

17. And they would not be surprised if one bidder drops out.

18. What he is good at is surprising you.

19. Cynics are not surprised that politicians say one thing when they are campaigning and another when they are in power.

20. Which country could cause a surprise?

21. My mother could say the most surprising things, producing them seemingly out of the blue.

22. I just searched it for: UHI… Result ..surprise, surprise ZERO Heat island then… surprise surprise again ZERO…You can at least give credit to SMHI admitting there is a strange cigar named UHIE…

23. At every point, the surprise is a learning opportunity, because it means there was something wrong with their understanding, which they have to fix.

24. Why this should come as a surprise is a mystery to me, as I have elaborated on in previous posts.

25. Another surprise is the favorable treatment given to trash removal behemoth Waste Management, Inc. that is portrayed as a company spending major research dollars to make landfills better.

26. They didn't disappoint me, Clinton was suppose to win Penn, I don't know what the surprise is all about, what she didn't do is win by double digets as some are saying, go to Penn State website.

27. Hanson says hotels have become more creative in what he calls the surprise fee.

28. ‘The trip here was full of surprises, like the fact that Jon got incredibly seasick almost the minute we left.’

29. ‘surprise in war is achieved by doing the unexpected and the avoidance of unpleasant surprises is what military intelligence is all about.’

30. ‘The political environment in Louisiana is always full of surprises but is seldom surprising.’

31. ‘Unexpected events or surprises trigger two kinds of reflection.’

32. ‘Schulhoff's concerto is full of surprises, but it emerges as a cohesive musical statement.’

33. ‘The closing night of the show was unexpected and full of surprises.’

34. ‘Although the repertoire may have few surprises, the fact that the gigs are taking place at all is remarkable.’

35. ‘It's the latest shocker in a romance that was full of surprises right from the start.’

36. ‘According to specialists, the championships provided no unexpected surprises.’

37. ‘This state visit to Britain is already full of surprises, and it's just barely started.’

38. ‘The competitive broomball season came to an exciting conclusion this week with a playoff that was full of surprises.’

39. ‘The modern political convention is a tightly scripted event with no surprises.’

40. ‘It is easy to forget when you live here, but London is a wonderful city and full of nice surprises even for those of us who see it every day.’

41. ‘Every year brings new adventures, experiences and surprises.’

42. ‘There could be some unpleasant surprises in store.’

43. ‘On stage there was yet another pleasant surprise in store for the audience.’

44. ‘A great many surprises are lurking between now and November.’

45. ‘A surprise was sprung on a retiring vicar at a school assembly last week.’

46. ‘As prison dramas go, it does have a few surprises up its sleeve.’

47. ‘There were two major surprises in the games played this weekend.’

48. ‘Grant had an interesting expression, something of mild surprise, anger, and annoyance.’

49. ‘She looked down in mild surprise and disdain before breaking off the shaft and holding it up to inspect it more closely.’

50. ‘One detaches himself from the herd, I note with mild surprise, and heads outside with me.’

51. ‘I, to no one's surprise or disgust no doubt, shall not be attending.’

52. ‘Slightly embarrassed I'd said too much, I glanced at my plate in mild surprise.’

53. ‘Biting into my chocolate muffin, I glanced down at my watch, noticing the time with mild surprise.’

54. ‘Her parents looked at her, a mild bit of surprise showing in their faces.’

55. ‘He raised his eyebrows in a mild expression of surprise.’

56. ‘Rachel stared after him in mild surprise, her eyebrow arched and her emerald gaze thoughtful.’

57. ‘With mild surprise, he noticed that she was wearing the breeches and shirt of a man.’

58. ‘She watched with mild surprise as the prince knelt next to the chest and lifted the lid.’

59. ‘With mild surprise, she noticed that the sound came from the foot of the cliffs on which she stood.’

60. ‘The others gasp in surprise, shocked at the unexpected action taken by their usually quiet and nice friend.’

61. ‘It is unlikely that anything you say will cause him or her shock or surprise.’

62. ‘I shook my head to find Alex staring at me in surprise, shock, and most of all fright.’

63. ‘Then watch in fear, surprise and alarm as the local copper enters the tunnel at the other end on his pushbike.’

64. ‘Imagine my complete surprise when shortly before sunset, a whole convoy of vehicles entered the camp site.’

65. ‘He doesn't even try to hide the surprise in his voice at this.’

66. ‘Meanwhile, Cory shook his head, a look of surprise on his face.’

67. ‘Arthur spun in his chair, not an ounce of surprise on his face.’

68. ‘For his part, Eisenhower feared a surprise attack and war by miscalculation.’

69. ‘Others are engineers who manned machine guns to defend comrades from surprise attacks.’

70. ‘Initially, the air security service was tasked with preventing surprise attack by enemy aviation.’

71. ‘To General Hue, it looked like the ideal time to launch his surprise attack.’

72. ‘Insurgents engage in surprise attacks at night and then withdraw on previously chosen routes.’

73. ‘The Luftwaffe, however, by its initial surprise attacks on airfields, at once greatly reduced this disparity.’

74. ‘At the same time, it dawned on us that this wasn't going to be any surprise attack.’

75. ‘During this surprise attack, the Marines were taking fire from three sides.’

76. ‘The danger of a surprise attack or ambush is very real.’

77. ‘Without the aide of a surprise attack, they were not much of a challenge.’

78. ‘Two surprise visitors drop in, and then things begin to happen.’

79. ‘This surprise attack was not a symmetric attack, but an asymmetric one.’

80. ‘They were sitting near the camp fire, next to each other, with daggers at their sides in case of a surprise enemy attack.’

81. ‘The actual submarine specialized in surprise attacks on enemy merchant ships.’

82. ‘He's even throwing me a surprise birthday party (I found out).’

83. ‘Now the question was, should she tell him about Alex's surprise visit?’

84. ‘There was nothing left to do but pay her friend a little surprise visit.’

85. ‘On the last day of February, I got a surprise visit from Will.’

86. ‘He kept an eye out for a surprise attack as he regenerated his wounds.’

87. ‘Denmark is living up to its billing as the surprise package of the tournament.’

88. ‘On the train I ask the chatty parent whether he was surprised at the appointment of a woman.’

89. ‘He was surprised at the feelings Kate had provoked in him since he'd met her the previous day.’

90. ‘The researchers were pleasantly surprised to find 56 more gorillas.’

91. ‘I was pleasantly surprised to see it reviewed in USA Today, this morning.’

92. ‘Keanu looked up to the sky and was pleasantly surprised to see the hawk.’

93. ‘She was hardly surprised to see Carden laughing as if he had never been mad.’

94. ‘A lot of people are actually very surprised to hear that they are in any way unusual.’

95. ‘Many people are very surprised to hear this.’

96. ‘We were all a bit surprised to hear that Shay was a horse person.’

97. ‘Needless to say, I was somewhat surprised by this reaction.’

98. ‘Tommy is somewhat surprised by her frosty reaction as she turns and leads the way inside without a word.’

99. ‘I was very surprised by the result.’

100. ‘I was quite surprised to discover how this improved my own reading concentration.’

101. ‘He looked around at the furnishings of the cell, and was mildly surprised for a moment.’

102. ‘Devon didn't look surprised by my outburst.’

103. ‘For some reason, I am not surprised by this revelation.’

104. ‘You'd be surprised what those ladies know about what's going on.’

105. ‘Time and again the team were surprised by positive responses to this approach.’

106. ‘What would your fans be surprised to know about you?’

107. ‘Her recommendations are surprising in light of the findings in the body of the report.’

108. ‘When they got in they could then surprise the occupants, catching them off guard easily.’

109. ‘Information that is not tracked could later surprise the Army on the battlefield.’

110. ‘To be able to surprise the U.S. military, they will try to learn more about it than the military knows about itself.’

111. ‘As Ralph, Piggy, and the remaining boys sit on the beach, some of the hunters surprise them and ambush them.’

112. ‘An aircraft would on many occasions surprise a surfaced U-boat and attack it with both cannon fire and depth charges.’

113. The news really surprised me

Other users have misspelling surprise as:

1. surpise 16.21%

2. suprise 14.79%

3. supprise 4.93%

4. surpsie 4.93%

5. surpris 4.71%

6. sorpresa 2.85%

7. surprize 2.41%

8. surpresa 2.19%

9. surprice 2.08%

10. Other 44.9%

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