On Jan. 11, Ai was startled to learn authorities were razing his studio in Shanghai, weeks before the slated demolition date.
But other Zentai enthusiasts wear their suits in public and bask in the reactions of startled passers-by.
startled from my semi-sleep, I opened my eyes to see Tee, my friend and big brother of sorts, sitting in the chair next to my bed.
Police report that he was so startled by being tracked down so quickly that he immediately confessed.
startled from her sleep, she lifted her arms to ward off his blow and struck him.
Aggy turned with a startled defiance, but at sight of Quinn's face she recoiled.
Then Mr. Weston startled them by an invitation which almost took their breath away.
In a few minutes they were startled by an explosive “Caramba!”
She moved her arm and fixed her eyes on her startled brother.
She lifted her face then, startled by her own audacity, and said, "Want to see me do it?"
c.1300, "run to and fro," frequentative of sterten (see start (v.)). Sense of "move suddenly in surprise or fear" first recorded 1520s. Transitive meaning "frighten suddenly" is from 1590s. The word retains more of the original meaning of start (v.). Related: Startled; startling.