startling

adjective

Definition of startling

  1. :  causing momentary fright, surprise, or astonishment a startling discovery

startlingly

adverb

Examples of startling in a Sentence

  1. Startling new evidence came to light during the trial.

  2. He made a startling discovery.

  3. It is a city of startling contrasts.

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First Known Use of startling

1609


STARTLING Defined for English Language Learners

startling

adjective

Definition of startling for English Language Learners

  • : very surprising, shocking, or frightening


STARTLING Defined for Kids

startling

adjective star·tling

Definition of startling for Students

  1. :  causing a moment of fright or surprise a startling noise a startling discovery



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