Thinking I was at home, she was surprised to see me in the office. We were surprised that he could recover so quickly.
Imagine my surprise on seeing you here.
An example of surprise is organizing a birthday party for someone without them knowing about it.
An example of surprise is an offer of marriage and a ring while on a hiking trip.
An example of surprise is hiding behind a corner and jumping out just as someone walks past.
It was a surprise to find out I owed twice as much as I thought I did.
The surprise attack was devastating.
Imagine my surprise on learning I owed twice as much as I thought I did.
It surprises me that I owe twice as much as I thought I did.
He doesn't know that I'm in the country - I thought I'd turn up at his house and surprise him.
He doesn't surprise easily.
- to come upon suddenly or without warning
- to amaze; astound
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of surprise
- 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 ghend- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Middle French surprise (“an overtake"), from noun use of past participle of Old French surprendre (“to overtake"), from sur- (“over") + prendre (“to take"), from Latin prendere, contracted from prehendere (“to grasp, seize").