Definition of surprising in English:

surprising

adjective

  • Causing surprise; unexpected.

    ‘a surprising sequence of events’
    • ‘Such baseline studies can yield surprising results.’
    • ‘The disc has a surprising number of special features.’
    • ‘You probably can guess some of our choices, but others may seem more surprising.’
    • ‘Though Ormrod's book is too recent to figure in the bibliography, his earlier publications are a more surprising omission.’
    • ‘The failure to see anything decent crop up in the first few years is not terribly surprising.’
    • ‘Perhaps most surprising, economists, who should be the biggest fans of growth, have mainly ignored or dismissed the importance of technological change.’
    • ‘So for humans to find facial symmetry as an important component in judging attractiveness is not surprising.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is hardly surprising that police officers, or security officials or even civil servants lobby for more powers.’
    • ‘This year though, she has rather lost her way and has been the victim of a number of surprising upsets.’
    • ‘That was the most surprising discovery of the day.’
    • ‘It's surprising that following the composer's death he has recorded relatively few of his works.’
    • ‘These results are not surprising given the nature of the sample.’
    • ‘This is a surprising admission, considering how well he handled his sudden fame last season.’
    • ‘The fact that this official sabotaged the test is terrible, yet not surprising.’
    • ‘Coming up next, some surprising news about the recession.’
    • ‘The most surprising thing about the New York court's ruling is that it is not already a well-established constitutional principle.’
    • ‘The laughter was surprising in that the play, by nature of its disjointed scenes, never manages to flow along.’
    • ‘In such a situation, it is not surprising that people will resort to desperate measures.’
    • ‘It was a rattling good adventure story that kept me gripped to the surprising end.’
    • ‘The sharp slowdown in the economy in the second quarter and in payroll jobs in June and July is easily the most surprising development in the economy this year.’

Pronunciation

surprising

/səˈprʌɪzɪŋ/