startling

[ stahrt-ling, stahr-tl-ing ]
/ ˈstɑrt lɪŋ, ˈstɑr tl ɪŋ /

adjective

creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder; astonishing.

Origin of startling

OTHER WORDS FROM startling

star·tling·ly, adverbun·star·tling, adjective

Definition for startling (2 of 2)

startle
[ stahr-tl ]
/ ˈstɑr tl /

verb (used with object), star·tled, star·tling.

to disturb or agitate suddenly as by surprise or alarm.
to cause to start involuntarily, by or as by a sudden shock.

verb (used without object), star·tled, star·tling.

to start involuntarily, as from a shock of surprise or alarm.

noun

a sudden shock of surprise, alarm, or the like.
something that startles.

Origin of startle

before 1100; Middle English stertlen to rush, caper, equivalent to stert(en) to start + -(e)len -le, or continuing Old English steartlian to kick, struggle

OTHER WORDS FROM startle

star·tle·ment, nounstar·tler, nounout·star·tle, verb (used with object), out·star·tled, out·star·tling.un·star·tled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for startling (1 of 2)

startling
/ (ˈstɑːtlɪŋ) /

adjective

causing surprise or fear; striking; astonishing

Derived forms of startling

startlingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for startling (2 of 2)

startle
/ (ˈstɑːtəl) /

verb

to be or cause to be surprised or frightened, esp so as to start involuntarily

Derived forms of startle

startler, noun

Word Origin for startle

Old English steartlian to stumble; related to Middle High German starzen to strut, Norwegian sterta to strain oneself
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