AskDefine | Define surprisingly

Dictionary Definition

surprisingly adv
1 in a surprising manner; "he was surprisingly friendly"
2 in an amazing manner; to everyone's surprise; "amazingly, he finished medical school in three years" [syn: amazingly, astonishingly]

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  1. In a way that causes surprise because it is unexpected, or unusual.
    The house was surprisingly small for such a numerous family.
    Not surprisingly, the electrician didn't come at the time he had said.


Usage notes

  • This adverb is more often used to modify an adjective than a verb


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