- starting stalls,
- startle colour,
- startle epilepsy,
- startle reflex,
- starvation wages
Origin of startling
verb (used with object), star·tled, star·tling.
verb (used without object), star·tled, star·tling.
Origin of startle
Examples from the Web for startling
So this startling move towards Internet censorship should come as no surprise.The UK’s War on Porn: ‘Proof That Men Making These Rules Do Not See Women as Equals’|Aurora Snow|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some of the concern over student debt is likely driven by the startling headline numbers.The Student Loan Crisis That Isn’t About Kids at Harvard|Monica Potts|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cirque du Soleil obviously sprang to startling success with a variety of shows since its 1987 founding.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus|Anthony Paletta|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For many governments, corporations, and individuals, these numbers are startling.Why Isn't Silicon Valley Doing More to Fight Ebola?|Abby Haglage|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It really is startling that not one fragment of an airplane that weighed 250 tons has yet turned up.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?|Clive Irving|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The words of the young girl were interrupted by a startling thing.Roads of Destiny|O. Henry
But a startling political event indicated only too plainly how much belated that decision had been.John Redmond's Last Years|Stephen Gwynn
Then it flashed into dazzling brilliance and the globe cleared to startling transparency.The Copper-Clad World|Harl Vincent
The memories of the people were stored with short narratives; for a startling tale was not easily forgotten.Amenities of Literature|Isaac Disraeli
That startling consideration terrified Noel Vanstone into instant submission.No Name|Wilkie Collins
Word Origin for startle
c.1300, "run to and fro," frequentative of sterten (see start (v.)). Sense of "move suddenly in surprise or fear" first recorded 1520s. Transitive meaning "frighten suddenly" is from 1590s. The word retains more of the original meaning of start (v.). Related: Startled; startling.