- The definition of a surprise is something unexpected or unusual.
An example of surprise is an offer of marriage and a ring while on a hiking trip.
- Surprise means to encounter, capture or attack without warning.
An example of surprise is hiding behind a corner and jumping out just as someone walks past.
- Surprise is defined as to cause someone to feel amazed at something unexpected, do or say something unintentional.
An example of surprise is organizing a birthday party for someone without them knowing about it.
surprise definition by Webster's New World
- to come upon suddenly or unexpectedly; take unawares
- to attack or capture suddenly and without warning
- to cause to feel wonder or astonishment by being unexpected
- to present (someone) unexpectedly with a gift, etc.
- to cause by some unexpected action to do or say something unintended: to surprise someone into an admission
- to bring out or elicit by such means: to surprise an admission from someone
Origin: Middle English surprysen ; from Old French surpris, past participle of sorprendre, to surprise, take napping ; from sur- (see sur-) plush prendre, to take (see prize)
- Now Rare the act of surprising or taking unawares
- an unexpected seizure or attack
- the state of being surprised; feeling aroused by something unusual or unexpected; wonder or astonishment
- something that surprises because unexpected, unusual, etc.
surprise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb sur·prised, sur·pris·ing, sur·pris·es
- To encounter suddenly or unexpectedly; take or catch unawares.
- To attack or capture suddenly and without warning.
- To cause to feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated.
- a. To cause (someone) to do or say something unintended.b. To elicit or detect through surprise.
- The act of surprising or the condition of being surprised.
- Something, such as an unexpected encounter, event, or gift, that surprises.
Origin: Middle English surprisen, to overcome, from Old French surprise, feminine past participle of surprendre, to surprise : sur-, sur- + prendre, to take (from Latin prehendere, prēndere, to seize; see ghend- in Indo-European roots).
- sur·prisˈer noun
- sur·prisˈing·ly adverb
surprise - Phrases/Idioms
take by surprise
- to come upon suddenly or without warning
- to amaze; astound