Definition of startling
: causing momentary fright, surprise, or astonishment a startling discovery
Examples of startling in a sentence
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
STARTLING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of startling for English Language Learners
: very surprising, shocking, or frightening
STARTLING Defined for Kids
Definition of startling for Students
: causing a moment of fright or surprise a startling noise a startling discovery
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