Examples of startle in a Sentence
I'm sorry that I startled you.
the lightning startled the children and sent them scurrying for cover
Origin and Etymology of startle
Middle English stertlen, frequentative of sterten to start
First Known Use: 1530
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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