Meaning of “surprising” in the English Dictionary

"surprising" in British English

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surprisingadjective

uk /səˈpraɪ.zɪŋ/ us /sɚˈpraɪ.zɪŋ/

B1 unexpected:

He gave a quite surprising answer.
It's hardly/scarcely/not surprising (that) you're putting on weight, considering how much you're eating.
I have to say that it's surprising to find you agreeing with me for once.

More examples

  • After a six-hour flight and a long day of meetings, it's not surprising you conked out.
  • If you feed your dog on cakes and biscuits, it's not surprising he's so fat.
  • After a gruelling six months singing on a world tour, it is hardly surprising that her voice is starting to go.
  • A surprising percentage of the population are illiterate.
  • My inability to do needlework was treated with surprising indulgence by my teacher.

(Definition of “surprising” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"surprising" in American English

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surprisingadjective

us /sərˈprɑɪ·zɪŋ, sə-/

unexpected and causing surprise:

The election results were surprising for a number of reasons.
There was a surprising amount of talk about resignations.
surprisingly
adverb us /sərˈprɑɪ·zɪŋ·li, sə-/

These chairs are surprisingly comfortable.

(Definition of “surprising” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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