Thesaurus

startle

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of startle

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to make a strong impression on (someone) with something unexpected
  • the lightning startled the children and sent them scurrying for cover

Synonyms for startle

Words Related to startle

Phrases Synonymous with startle

2 to move suddenly and sharply (as in surprise)
  • the cat startled when the door slammed shut with a bang

Synonyms for startle

Words Related to startle

3 to strike with fear
  • loud noises always startle her

Synonyms for startle

Words Related to startle

Phrases Synonymous with startle

Near Antonyms for startle

Antonyms for startle

startle

noun

Synonyms of startle (Entry 2 of 2)

as in surprise, astonishment

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for startle

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about startle

Time Traveler for startle

Time Traveler

The first known use of startle was in 1530

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Startle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/startle. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on startle

Dictionary: Definition of startle

Spanish Central: Translation of startle

Nglish: Translation of startle for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of startle for Arabic Speakers

Comments on startle

What made you want to look up startle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!