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[stahrt-ling, stahr-tl-ing] /ˈstɑrt lɪŋ, ˈstɑr tl ɪŋ/
creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder; astonishing.
Origin of startling
Related forms
startlingly, adverb
unstartling, adjective Unabridged
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  • The soliloquy, too, is startlingly characteristic of Hamlet.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Now the rattle of a key in the hall-door was startlingly audible.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He had watched a program just last month, and it had been startlingly lifelike.

    Cost of Living Robert Sheckley
  • They are possibly not startlingly brilliant, and he is perfectly easy to deceive.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming
  • The comparison, if not startlingly original, was fairly just.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson
British Dictionary definitions for startlingly


causing surprise or fear; striking; astonishing
Derived Forms
startlingly, adverb
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