10 synonyms for SURPRISED

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Other words for SURPRISED

Instead of saying I was surprised, you could say “I was…”

  • amazed
  • astounded
  • astonished
  • awestruck
  • blown away
  • dumbfounded
  • flabbergasted
  • shocked
  • stunned
  • stupefied
  • taken aback

Some of these tend to be used more for good surprises – like amazed and awestruck – and others for bad surprises, like shocked and taken aback. Many can be used for both.

Keep reading for some examples of how to use these “surprised” synonyms!

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OK, here are a lot more example sentences using the different “surprised” words:

Example sentences with “surprised” synonyms:

  1. When I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time, I was truly amazed by its vastness and beauty.
  2. The magician’s performance left the audience astounded as they couldn’t explain how he made the rabbit disappear.
  3. I was utterly astonished when I found out I had won the lottery and become an overnight millionaire.
  4. As I gazed up at the night sky filled with countless stars, I felt completely awestruck by the immensity of the universe.
  5. Her kindness and generosity truly blew me away when she helped me in my time of need.
  6. The news of the unexpected victory left me dumbfounded, as the winning team had been the underdog in the match.
  7. When I learned about the major scientific breakthrough, I was flabbergasted by the potential impact it could have on the world.
  8. The sudden plot twist in the movie shocked the entire audience.
  9. He was stunned when he found out he’d been fired from his job, even though he was a top performer.
  10. The discovery of the CEO’s serious financial crimes left the entire staff of the company stupefied.
  11. She confessed some deeply personal secrets to me, and I was taken aback by her honesty.