star·tledstar·tling \ˈstärt-liŋ, ˈstär-təl-iŋ\
: to move or jump suddenly (as in surprise or alarm) <the baby startles easily>
Examples of STARTLE
- I'm sorry that I startled you.
- <the lightning startled the children and sent them scurrying for cover>
Origin of STARTLE
Middle English stertlen,
frequentative of sterten
First Known Use: 1530
Related to STARTLE
- amaze, astonish, astound, bowl over, dumbfound (also dumfound), flabbergast, floor, rock, shock, surprise, stun, stupefy, thunderstrike
: a sudden mild shock (as of surprise or alarm)
First Known Use of STARTLE
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