verb (used with object), star·tled, star·tling.
verb (used without object), star·tled, star·tling.
Origin of startle
Related formsstar·tle·ment, nounstar·tler, nounout·star·tle, verb (used with object), out·star·tled, out·star·tling.un·star·tled, adjective
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