[stahrt-ling, stahr-tl-ing]


creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder; astonishing.

Origin of startling

Related formsstar·tling·ly, adverbun·star·tling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for startlingly

Contemporary Examples of startlingly

Historical Examples of startlingly

  • The soliloquy, too, is startlingly characteristic of Hamlet.

  • Now the rattle of a key in the hall-door was startlingly audible.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He had watched a program just last month, and it had been startlingly lifelike.

    Cost of Living

    Robert Sheckley

  • They are possibly not startlingly brilliant, and he is perfectly easy to deceive.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming

  • The comparison, if not startlingly original, was fairly just.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson

British Dictionary definitions for startlingly



causing surprise or fear; striking; astonishing
Derived Formsstartlingly, adverb
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