Definitions for surprise
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word surprise.
the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
a sudden unexpected event
the act of surprising someone
cause to be surprised
"The news really surprised me"
come upon or take unawares
"She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene"
attack by storm; attack suddenly
Something not expected.
It was a surprise to find out I owed twice as much as I thought I did.
The surprise attack was devastating.
The feeling that something unexpected has happened.
Imagine my surprise on learning I owed twice as much as I thought I did.
To cause (someone) to feel unusually alarmed or delighted.
It surprises me that I owe twice as much as I thought I did.
To do something to (a person) that they are not expecting, as a surprise.
He doesn't know that I'm in the country - I thought I'd turn up at his house and surprise him.
To undergo or witness something unexpected.
He doesn't surprise easily.
To cause surprise.
To attack unexpectedly.
To take unawares.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: surprise, French; from the verb.
Parents should mark heedfully the witty excuses of their children, especially at suddains and surprisals; but rather mark than pamper them Henry Wotton.
This let him know,
Lest, wilfully transgressing, he pretend
Suprisal, unadmonish’d, unforewarn’d. John Milton, Par. Lost.
I set aside the taking of St. Jago and St. Domingo in Hispaniola, as surprizes rather than encounters. Francis Bacon.
This strange surprisal put the knight
And wrathful squire into a fright. Hudibras.
There is a vast difference between them, as vast as between inadvertency and deliberation, between surprize and set purpose. South.
Few care for carving trifles in disguise,
Or that fantastick dish some call surprise. William King, Cookery.
Etymology: surpris, French, from surprendre.
The castle of Macduff I will surprise,
Seize upon Fife, give to the edge o’th’sword
His wife, his babes. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Now do our ears before our eyes,
Like men in mists,
Discover who’d the state surprize,
And who resists. Ben Jonson.
Bid her well beware,
Lest, by some fair appearing good surpris’d,
She dictate false, and misinform the will. John Milton.
How shall he keep, what, sleeping or awake,
A weaker may surprise, a stronger take? Alexander Pope.
Who can speak
The mingled passions that surpriz’d his heart! James Thomson.
People were not so much frighted as surprized at the bigness of the camel. Roger L'Estrange.
Up he starts, discover’d and surpris’d. John Milton.
the act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise
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
anything that causes such a state or emotion
a dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents
to come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack
to strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me
to lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring (one) into some unexpected state; -- with into; as, to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity
to hold possession of; to hold
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sur-prīz′, n. act of taking unawares: the emotion caused by anything sudden: amazement.—v.t. to come upon suddenly or unawares: to lead or bring unawares, to betray (with into): to strike with wonder or astonishment: to confuse.—n. Surprīs′al, act of surprising.—adv. Surprīs′edly.—adj. Surprīs′ing, exciting surprise: wonderful: unexpected.—adv. Surprīs′ingly.—n. Surprīs′ingness. [Fr.,—surpris, pa.p. of surprendre—L. super, over, prehendĕre, to catch.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In war, to fall on an enemy unexpectedly, in marching through narrow and difficult passes, when one part of an army has passed, and is not able to come at once to the succor of the other; as in the passage of woods, rivers, inclosures, etc. A place is surprised by drains, casements, or the issues of rivers or canals; by encumbering the bridge or gate, or by wagons meeting and stopping each other; or by sending soldiers into the place, under pretense of being deserters, who, on entering, surprise the guard, being sustained by troops at hand in ambush, to whom they give entrance, and thereby seize the place. Military history abounds with instances of successful surprises.
To bring, give or receive a joyful, logical and just contribution or gift.
We all love our family so we regularly arrange a family gathering for us all, we love to surprise with the type of food we contribute.
Submitted by MaryC on April 16, 2016
The surprise symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the surprise symbol and its characteristic.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'surprise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2153
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'surprise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3235
Rank popularity for the word 'surprise' in Nouns Frequency: #903
Rank popularity for the word 'surprise' in Verbs Frequency: #894
The numerical value of surprise in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of surprise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
This is no surprise that Jeffrey Epstein was also sexually abusing girls in New York, jeffrey Epstein did it everywhere. And as long as the victims speak up, Jeffrey Epstein isn't going to get away this time.
It is a surprise that the requirement to cease importing Iranian oil should come at this next May deadline, having only several weeks' notice before the deadline means there are lots of cargoes booked for May delivery. This means that it will now be harder to get it out by the deadline.
It did sort of surprise me, because here I am, a 26-year-old who thinks she's healthy and invincible, and they're telling me I have melanoma.
By the time we really realized the appreciation for the carpet, we were already well into the process of getting the new carpeting, it was really a little bit of a surprise to us how much the community loved the PDX carpet.
I have n’t talked to an on-duty The FBI agent, except for background checks, in a couple of years. That information he’s talking about came from retired The FBI agents who were speculating about what was going to go on. We knew it would blow up, what I was talking about in terms of surprise was a speech we were preparing for the president to give on the Friday before the election like Ronald Reagan did, we were going to probably buy it Election Day before, go on national television and we were going to hit Hillary on all of that stuff. I was as surprised as anyone. The FBI investigated The FBI, closed The FBI and I showed them documentary evidence of what I ’m saying.
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for surprise
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- دهشة, فاجأ, دَهْشة, باغت, مُفاجَأَة, دهشArabic
- sorpresa, sorprendreCatalan, Valencian
- překvapení, překvapitCzech
- overraskelse, overraskeDanish
- Überraschung, überraschenGerman
- έκπληξη, αιφνιδιάζω, ξάφνιασμα, εκπλήσσω, [[κάνω]] [[έκπληξη]], ξαφνικός, ξαφνιάζω, αιφνίδιοςGreek
- surprizo, surpriziEsperanto
- sorpresa, sorprenderSpanish
- تعجب ساختن, تعجب, سورپریزPersian
- yllättää, yllätys, hämmästys, hämmästyttääFinnish
- surprendre, étonner, surpriseFrench
- iongnadhScottish Gaelic
- sorpresa, sorprenderGalician
- meglepetés, meglep, váratlan, meglepetésszerű, ámulat, megdöbbenésHungarian
- անակնկալ, անակնկալի բերել, զարմանք, զարմացնելArmenian
- sorprendere, meravigliare, sorpresa, stupireItalian
- 驚き, 驚かすJapanese
- 놀라게 하다, 놀람Korean
- IwwerraschungLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ninihi, komutuMāori
- kejutan, mengejutMalay
- verrassing, verrassen, verbazing, verbazenDutch
- overraskingNorwegian Nynorsk
- overraskning, overraskelse, overraske, overraskelses-Norwegian
- zaskakiwać, niespodzianka, dziwićPolish
- surpreender, surpresaPortuguese
- surpriză, surprinde, surprindereRomanian
- неожиданность, сюрприз, удивлять, удивить, удивлениеRussian
- presenečenje, presenetitiSlovene
- förvåning, överraskning, överraskaSwedish
- sürpriz yapmak, şaşırtmak, sürprizTurkish
- ewaermint, sbarmintWalloon
Get even more translations for surprise »
Find a translation for the surprise definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Discuss these surprise definitions with the community:
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"surprise." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 26 Nov. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/surprise>.