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Definitions for surprising
sərˈpraɪ zɪŋ, sə-sur·pris·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surprisingadjective

    causing surprise or wonder or amazement

    "the report shows a surprising lack of hard factual data"; "leaped up with surprising agility"; "she earned a surprising amount of money"


  1. surprisingnoun

    The action of the verb to surprise.

  2. surprisingadjective

    That is or are a surprise.

    A surprising number of people attended the rally.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Surprisingparticipial adj.

    Wonderful; raising sudden wonder or concern.

    Etymology: from surprise.

    The greatest actions of a celebrated person, however surprising and extraordinary, are no more than what are expected from him. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. surprising

    Surprising refers to something unexpected, unusual, or startling that caught someone off guard. It can refer to an event, action, outcome, or piece of information that does not align with what was previously believed or predicted, thereby provoking a sense of astonishment or wonder.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surprising

    of Surprise

  2. Surprisingadjective

    exciting surprise; extraordinary; of a nature to excite wonder and astonishment; as, surprising bravery; a surprising escape from danger

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'surprising' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2875

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'surprising' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3427

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'surprising' in Adjectives Frequency: #388

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surprising in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surprising in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of surprising in a Sentence

  1. Kamala Harris:

    He just does not have the ability to really have a sense of empathy for people who are enduring hardship and enduring pain, the fact that, as you said, he is playing golf while this is happening is not surprising. It's not surprising, but it certainly is not reflective of the leadership that a president should provide in these moments of great tragedy.

  2. Tom Lahren:

    The rest of uslittle people should make sure that we're offsetting our car and making sure that we're canceling pipelines, making sure that we're riddingthis country of thousands of high paying jobs in the name of climate change, but people like him, that's the only option they have, to fly private or be on a yacht or any of these rich celebrities that do all the same things and then still worship at the altar of the almighty climate change yet again. Is this surprising to anyone? Because it certainly is not surprising to me.

  3. Jason Simpson:

    In itself, that not that much has been offered is not surprising, it's a little surprising that this comes on the first week ... it's quite early in the whole process, which will be a worry for the Bank of England.

  4. Doug Larson:

    The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools.

  5. Robert D. Richardson:

    Part of the power of Emerson's individualism is his insistence, at crucial moments, that individualism does not mean isolation or self-sufficiency. This is not a paradox, for it is only the strong individual who can frankly concede the sometimes surprising extent of his own dependence.

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