Examples of startle in a Sentence
I'm sorry that I startled you.
the lightning startled the children and sent them scurrying for cover
Recent Examples of startle from the Web
The squad lights were off when the noise startled him, Harrity said.
But she was startled by three separate reports this summer of bears running through the area.
Like many season ticket customers, Quindel was startled by the price increases the Bucks set for seats in the new arena.
The suspect went through the victim's pockets and took out his wallet, but he was startled by a witness, which caused him to drop the wallet and run away, police said.
And reporters who covered the Georgia race noticed a striking gender dynamic: white suburban mothers, startled by Trump's win, coming out in full force to campaign for Ossoff.
Goucher might have anticipated a rebuilding phase, but the drop-off from 11.9 goals per game in 2016 to 9.1 in 2016 was startling.
The production has plenty of fun with the horror-movie tropes surrounding Rachel’s scary stalker (played by a game Jorge Paniagua), who’s spotlighted to maximum startle effect.
THE THRESHOLD OF Katy Bowman’s house in Sequim might startle you — and your feet.
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Origin and Etymology of startle
Middle English stertlen, frequentative of sterten to start
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
Definition of startle
: a sudden mild shock (as of surprise or alarm)
First Known Use of startle
STARTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of startle for English Language Learners
: to surprise or frighten (someone) suddenly and usually not seriously
: to move or jump suddenly because something surprises you or frightens you
STARTLE Defined for Kids
Definition of startle for Students
1 : to move or jump (as in surprise or fear) The cat startles easily.
2 : to frighten suddenly but slightly A knock on the window startled her.
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