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startled

[ stahr-tld ]
/ ˈstɑr tld /
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adjective
disturbed or agitated suddenly, as by surprise or alarm: Seeing startled herons and egrets flee at the sound of 35 teenagers was a highlight for kids who rarely see birds in their natural habitat.
expressing such surprise or alarm: A startled cry escaped my throat as I was roughly pulled to my feet by the bodyguard.
verb
the simple past tense and past participle of startle.
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Origin of startled

OTHER WORDS FROM startled

un·star·tled, adjective
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