verb (used with object), star·tled, star·tling.
verb (used without object), star·tled, star·tling.
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Origin of startle
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OTHER WORDS FROM startlestar·tle·ment, nounstartler, nounoutstartle, verb (used with object), out·star·tled, out·star·tling.un·star·tled, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for startle
Some heads nodded in recognition of this, others look 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
At first startled, her second thought was that this would be the best possible thing which could happen.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
The startled operators at Umballa could obtain no further intelligence and the boy was slain at his post.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
She held out her hand and the Professor was about to take it when she drew it back with a startled movement.
But I was still more startled by the action of the barman who lifted up the glass and held it whilst the man drank.
A few minutes, and he would perhaps have slipped across the border—when something startled him into sudden life again.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood