verb (used with object), star·tled, star·tling.
verb (used without object), star·tled, star·tling.
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Origin of startle
OTHER WORDS FROM startlestar·tle·ment, nounstar·tler, nounout·star·tle, verb (used with object), out·star·tled, out·star·tling.un·star·tled, adjective
Words nearby startle
Example sentences from the Web for startlement
In his startlement, though, he was not able to prevent the sheet at its front from moving a little.Metamorphosis|Franz Kafka
The winch indicator stood at one hundred and three feet, giving him a rich, fruity yield of startlement.The Sky Trap|Frank Belknap Long
A wave of startlement swept over the group, but no one spoke.Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
Bim jerked back his head and surveyed his friend with startlement which speedily softened to a wide grin.Dust of the Desert|Robert Welles Ritchie
Every eye turned on him in startlement and fear, and Steward hushed him with a whispered command.Michael, Brother of Jerry|Jack London