Definition and Meanings for surprise

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Surprise is ranked 3,080 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of surprise

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of surprise

f. surprise, fr. surprendre, surpris; sur over + prendre to take, l. prehendere. see sur-, and prehensile from surprise, n.: cf. f. surprendre, p. p. surpris

Meaning of surprise


as noun

  • 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.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

  • 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.
  • No antonyms for surprise

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