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startle

verb

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(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

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

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3 to strike with fear
  • loud noises always startle her

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startle

noun

Synonyms of startle (Entry 2 of 2)

as in surprise, astonishment

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The first known use of startle was in 1530

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“Startle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/startle. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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