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v. star·tled, star·tling, star·tles
1. To cause to make a quick involuntary movement or start.
2. To alarm, frighten, or surprise suddenly. See Synonyms at frighten.
To become alarmed, frightened, or surprised.
1. A sudden, brief episode of fear.
2. A sudden, involuntary movement in response to something frightening or unexpected, such as a noise.
[Middle English stertlen, to run about, from Old English steartlian, to kick; see ster-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
causing surprise or fear; striking; astonishing
star•tling(ˈstɑrt lɪŋ, ˈstɑr tl ɪŋ)
creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder; astonishing.
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|Adj.||1.||startling - so remarkably different or sudden as to cause momentary shock or alarm; "Sydney's startling new Opera House"; "startling news"; "startling earthquake shocks"|
surprising - causing surprise or wonder or amazement; "the report shows a surprising lack of hard factual data"; "leaped up with surprising agility"; "she earned a surprising amount of money"