verb (used with object), star·tled, star·tling.
verb (used without object), star·tled, star·tling.
Origin of startle
Examples from the Web for startled
Police report that he was so startled by being tracked down so quickly that he immediately confessed.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start|Michael Daly|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the family hunted for anything personal that could be retrieved, they were startled when the phone began to ring.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive|Clive Irving|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Though Bates was startled by these changes, he was less alarmed by them than many naturalists are today.
The Hound takes care of the rest, and Arya, startled by her actions, picks the coin back up and whispers, “Valar Morghulis.”‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark, on Her Big Premiere Episode ‘Two Swords’|Marlow Stern|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Louis looked at me with a startled air, but recovering himself said kindly, “Of course I renounce the—what is it I must renounce?”Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The form of expression was so crude that once more Barbara was startled.The Dust Flower|Basil King
The mother was startled by the words, for she thought herself alone when she uttered the wish.In Story-land|Elizabeth Harrison
The monkey was so startled at the cry that he fell upon the sharp bamboo and was killed.Philippine Folk Tales|Mabel Cook Cole
Wetherell thought he heard him muttering, "No, no," and then he was startled by another voice in his ear.Coniston, Complete|Winston Churchill
On looking closely at the still silent lady on the sofa, he was startled at recognising a dress with which he was well acquainted.