verb (used with object), star·tled, star·tling.
verb (used without object), star·tled, star·tling.
- starting grid,
- starting handle,
- starting price,
- starting rate,
- starting stalls,
- startle colour,
- startle epilepsy,
- startle reflex,
Origin of startle
Examples from the Web for startle
They startle viewers, rouse viewers, occasionally put off and occasionally turn on viewers.
The group acknowledged that the tactic “was meant to startle people.”
Everything there assumes gigantic proportions, which startle the imagination and confound the reason.The Prairie Flower|Gustave Aimard
He hopes that it will startle some sleeper so that they will move.The Burgess Animal Book for Children|Thornton W. Burgess
It was short, sharp, quick, and clear; and so loud as to startle even Snowball from his torpidity.The Ocean Waifs|Mayne Reid
You mustn't let them startle you too much, if any such should ever happen, and affect you.The Cricket on the Hearth|Charles Dickens
Now and then the leap of a great dolphin feeding in the tide splashed alongside, to startle them yet more.The Young Alaskans|Emerson Hough
Word Origin for startle
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.