Another word for surprise
surprise astonish amaze astound dumbfound flabbergastSearch Thesaurus
These verbs mean to affect a person strongly as being unexpected or unusual. To surprise is to fill with often sudden wonder or disbelief as being unanticipated or out of the ordinary: “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity” (George S. Patton). Astonish suggests overwhelming surprise: The sight of such an enormous crowd astonished us. Amaze implies astonishment and often bewilderment: The violinist's virtuosity has amazed audiences all over the world. Astound connotes shock, as from something unprecedented in one's experience: We were astounded at the beauty of the mountains. Dumbfound adds to astound the suggestion of perplexity and often speechlessness: His question dumbfounded me, and I could not respond. Flabbergast is used as a more colorful equivalent of astound, astonish, or amaze: “The aldermen … were … flabbergasted; they were speechless from bewilderment” (Benjamin Disraeli).
Another word for surpriseverb
To come upon, especially suddenly or unexpectedly:catch, hit on (or upon), take. (Informal) hit. See surprise
To attack suddenly and without warning:ambuscade, ambush, bushwhack, waylay. See attack
To impress strongly by what is unexpected or unusual:amaze, astonish, astound, awe, startle. Idioms: catch (or take) unawares, take aback. See surprise