If you are taken unawares by something unexpected, you can describe that feeling with the adjective surprised. Look surprised when your friends plan a party without telling you, even if you see the cars in the driveway and know what’s going on.

Surprised originally meant attacked unexpectedly. It was from the Old French surprendre meaning to overtake, with the root prendere from the Latin word for seize. Surprised has synonyms in words like astonished, amazed, and flabbergasted, but the latter three convey a greater sense of shock or bewilderment. You are surprised by the party, amazed that your old friend came, and flabbergasted to learn she is actually your sister.

Definitions of surprised
  1. adjective

    taken unawares or suddenly and feeling wonder or astonishment

    surprised by her student’s ingenuity”
    surprised that he remembered my name”
    surprised expression”

    amazed, astonied, astonished, astounded, stunned

    filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock
    dumbfounded, dumbstricken, dumbstruck, dumfounded, flabbergasted, stupefied, thunderstruck

    as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise

    utterly astounded
    goggle-eyed, openmouthed, popeyed

    with eyes or mouth open in surprise

    (British informal expletive) surprised

    excited by sudden surprise or alarm and making a quick involuntary movement
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    not surprised, unsurprised

    not surprised or expressing surprise

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