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Ways of saying that you are surprised or shocked - thesaurus

Synonyms

funnily enough

used for saying that you think something is surprising or unusual

you don’t say

used for saying that you are surprised by what someone has told you

heavens above

used for showing that you are very surprised

Well, I never (did)

used for saying that you are very surprised

is that a fact?

used for answering someone when they have told you something that you consider surprising or unlikely to happen

you would not believe

used when you are going to tell someone about something unusual or surprising

of all things/people/places

used for expressing surprise that a particular thing/person/place is the one involved in something

now I’ve seen everything/it all

used for saying that you find something very shocking or surprising

who would have thought...?

used for showing that you are surprised about something

even

adverb

used for showing that you are saying something that is surprising

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actually

adverb

used for emphasizing that something is surprising

(as) large as life

used when you are describing how surprised you were to see or meet someone

beggar belief/description

formal used for expressing shock at something that is extremely difficult to believe or describe

blow me

Britishspoken used when you are surprised about something

bugger me/well I’ll be buggered

Britishimpolite used when you are very surprised about something

can

modal verb

mainly spoken used when you want to emphasize how surprised or shocked you are

can’t believe your eyes/ears

used for emphasizing that you are extremely surprised or angry about something you have seen or heard

can’t/don’t believe it

used for emphasizing that you are extremely surprised or shocked

can’t get over something

used for saying that you are very surprised by something

can you beat that/it?

used for showing that you are surprised about something

coming from someone

used for emphasizing that what someone is saying is surprising, annoying, or funny

fancy

used when you are very surprised about something

for real

spoken used for showing that you think that someone is funny, stupid, or surprising

the fuck

noun

offensive an extremely offensive expression used for emphasizing something, to show anger or surprise

get away

Britishspoken used for saying that you are very surprised by what someone has told you

get out!

mainly Americanspoken used for saying you are surprised by something or do not believe it

good Heavens/Lord/God/grief/gracious

used for showing that you are very surprised, angry, or upset

hark at

used for showing that you are surprised, impressed, or offended by something that someone has just said

heavens/good heavens

used for showing that you are very surprised

holy smoke/cow/mackerel etc

used for expressing surprise

horrific

adjective

informal used for emphasizing how big and shocking something is

how about that?/how do you like that?

used when you are referring to something that is very surprising, annoying, or exciting

how dare you

used for telling someone how shocked and angry you are about something that they have done or said

I ask you

used for emphasizing that you think something is silly or shocking

I do believe

used for saying that you suddenly realize something, and that you are surprised by it

I’ll be damned/I’m damned

used for emphasizing how surprised or shocked you are about something

imagine

verb

used for showing that you are surprised by something or cannot believe it

incredible

adjective

used for showing that you are surprised, angry, or disappointed about something

indeed

adverb

spoken used for showing that you are surprised or annoyed by what someone has told you

I nearly died

used for saying that you were very embarrassed or shocked by something

I never dreamed (that)

used for saying that you are very surprised by something and did not expect it or intend it

I never knew (that)

used for showing that you did not know something and are slightly surprised by it

I say

used for expressing surprise, shock, anger etc

(it’s a) small world

used for showing that you are surprised when you meet someone who you know unexpectedly, or when you discover that someone knows the same people as you do or has been to the same places as you have

it’s a wonder

mainly literary used for saying that something is so bad that it is surprising that a good result can come from it

it takes all sorts (to make a world)

used for saying that you find someone’s behaviour surprising or strange but you will accept it

look at you

used for telling someone that you are surprised or impressed by them

look who’s here/look who it is

used when someone arrives and you are surprised

much to someone’s surprise/amazement/annoyance etc

used for saying that something happens that surprises, annoys etc someone a lot

my word

used for showing surprise or anger

never

adverb

Britishspoken used for saying that you are very surprised or shocked by what someone has said to you

no

adverb

used for showing that you are shocked, surprised, or disappointed about something that someone has just said

none other (than)

used for expressing surprise that a particular person, often someone famous, has done something or is connected with something

no shit

used for saying that you are surprised about something, or in a humorous way to show that you are not at all surprised

not so much as

used for emphasizing that something did not happen or exist, especially when this is surprising

no way

used for expressing surprise, or for telling someone that you do not believe them

now you tell me

used for telling someone that you wish they had told you something before. This expression shows that you are slightly annoyed

possibly

adverb

used for emphasizing your surprise or shock at something

really

adverb

spoken used for showing that you are surprised by or interested in what someone has just told you

remarkably

adverb

used for emphasizing how unusual and surprising or impressive something is

seriously

adverb

used for expressing surprise

since when?

used for showing that you are surprised or annoyed by what someone has said or done, because it does not seem right, fair, or sincere

so it is/so there are/so I have etc

used for agreeing with what someone has said and for showing that you are a little surprised by it

someone couldn’t believe their ears

used for saying that someone is very surprised by something that they hear

something never ceases to amaze someone

used for emphasizing that you are always impressed or surprised by a particular person or thing, even though you know them well

strangely

adverb

used for saying that something is surprising or unusual

strangely/oddly enough

used for showing that you think a particular fact is strange or surprising

surely

adverb

spoken used for showing surprise or doubt about something

that’s/it’s news to me

used for saying that you did not know about something, especially when you are annoyed about this

there’s a first time for everything

used for saying that something is very strange or surprising

to someone’s horror

making someone very shocked

unreal

adjective

spoken used for saying that you think someone or something is extremely surprising

the very idea

used for emphasizing that you are shocked about something or that it should not be done

wait a minute/second

used for expressing surprise about something that has just happened or been said, usually something that seems wrong

what

adverb

spoken used for showing that you are surprised or shocked by something that you have just heard or seen

what do you know

used for showing that you are surprised

what is someone like?

used for emphasizing that you think someone’s behaviour is surprising or silly

what is the world coming to?

used for showing surprise or anger when you do not approve of what someone has done

where has someone/something sprung from?

used for showing that you are surprised that someone or something is present or that something exists, because they were not there a short time ago

who/what should...?

used for showing that you were surprised when something happened

wonders will never cease

mainly literary used for saying that you are very surprised and happy about something

words fail me

used for emphasizing that you are very pleased, surprised, or angry

would you believe it?

used for showing that you think something is surprising or funny

you live and learn

used for showing surprise at something new that you have just learned

you should have seen/heard

used when telling someone about something that you saw/heard for emphasizing that it was very funny, shocking, beautiful etc

you would think/I’d have thought

used when talking about something that you think should happen but has not happened

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