: very surprising, shocking, or frightening
: causing momentary fright, surprise, or astonishment <a startling discovery>
— star·tling·ly adverb
Examples of STARTLING
- Startling new evidence came to light during the trial.
- He made a startling discovery.
- It is a city of startling contrasts.
First Known Use of STARTLING
Related to STARTLING
- amazing, astonishing, astounding, blindsiding, dumbfounding (also dumfounding), eye-opening, flabbergasting, jarring, jaw-dropping, jolting, shocking, surprising, stunning, stupefying
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