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Dictionary Definition

surprise

Noun

1 the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
2 a sudden unexpected event
3 the act of surprising someone [syn: surprisal]

Verb

1 cause to be surprised; "The news really surprised me"
2 come upon or take unawares; "She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene"
3 attack by storm; attack suddenly [syn: storm]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From surprise.

Pronunciation

  • a RP /səˈpraɪz/, /s@"praIz/
  • a US sərprīzʹ, /sɚˈpraɪz/, /s@`"praIz/
  • Rhymes: -aɪz

Noun

  1. Something not expected.
    It was a surprise to find out I owed twice as much as I thought I did.
  2. italbrac attributively Unexpected.
    The surprise attack was devastating.
  3. The feeling that something unexpected has happened.
    Imagine my surprise on learning I owed twice as much as I thought I did.

Translations

something not expected
  • Arabic:
  • Czech: překvapení
  • Danish: overraskelse
  • Dutch: verrassing
  • Finnish: yllätys
  • French: surprise
  • German: Überraschung
  • Greek: έκπληξη (ékpliksi) , ξάφνιασμα (ksáfniazma)
  • Hungarian: meglepetés
  • Irish: ionadh
  • Italian: sorpresa
  • Norwegian: overraskelse
  • Polish: niespodzianka
  • Portuguese: surpresa
  • Russian: сюрприз
  • Slovene: presenečenje
  • Spanish: sorpresa
  • Swedish: överraskning
attributively: that is unexpected
feeling that something unexpected has happened
  • Czech: překvapení
  • Danish: overraskelse
  • Dutch: verrassing, verbazing
  • Finnish: hämmästys
  • German: Überraschung
  • Hungarian: ámulat, megdöbbenés
  • Irish: ionadh
  • Japanese: (, odoroki)
  • Norwegian: overraskelse
  • Polish: niespodzianka
  • Portuguese: surpresa
  • Russian: удивление
  • Slovene: presenečenje
  • Spanish: sorpresa
  • Swedish: överraskning , förvåning
Simplified: 惊奇 (jīngqí)
Traditional: 驚奇 (jīngqí)

Verb

  1. To cause (someone) to feel surprise.
    It surprises me that I owe twice as much as I thought I did.
  2. 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.

Translations

cause (someone) to feel surprise
do something to (a person) that they are not expecting, as a surprise
  • Danish: overraske
  • Dutch: verrassen
  • Finnish: yllättää
  • Norwegian: overraske
  • Polish: zaskakiwać
  • Slovene: presenetiti
  • Swedish: överraska

French

Etymology

From verb surprendre.

Pronunciation

Verb form

surprise
  1. feminine of surpris
    Je t'ai surprise en flagrant délit.

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. surprise (something unexpected)

Extensive Definition

Surprise may refer to:
surprise in German: Surprise
surprise in French: Surprise (homonymie)
surprise in Japanese: サプライズ
surprise in Simple English: Surprise
surprise in Volapük: Surprise

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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