• (British) IPA: /ˈstɑːt(ə)l/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈstɑɹt(ə)l/

startle (startles, present participle startling; past and past participle startled)

  1. (intransitive) To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.
    a horse that startles easily
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 5, scene 1]:
      Why shrinks the soul / Back on herself, and startles at destruction?
  2. (transitive) To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      The supposition, at least, that angels do sometimes assume bodies need not startle us.
    • 1896, Joseph Conrad, "An Outcast of the Islands"
      Nothing could startle her, make her scold or make her cry. She did not complain, she did not rebel.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To deter; to cause to deviate.
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startle (plural startles)

  1. A sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm, surprise, or apprehension of danger.
  • Spanish: sobresalto

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