startling


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star·tle

 (stär′tl)
v. star·tled, star·tling, star·tles
v.tr.
1. To cause to make a quick involuntary movement or start.
2. To alarm, frighten, or surprise suddenly. See Synonyms at frighten.
v.intr.
To become alarmed, frightened, or surprised.
n.
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- in Indo-European roots.]

star′tling·ly adv.

startling

(ˈstɑːtlɪŋ)
adj
causing surprise or fear; striking; astonishing
ˈstartlingly adv

star•tling

(ˈstɑrt lɪŋ, ˈstɑr tl ɪŋ)

adj.
creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder; astonishing.
[1710–20]
star′tling•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"

startling

adjective surprising, shocking, alarming, extraordinary, sudden, unexpected, staggering, unforeseen, jaw-dropping His hair was dyed a startling black.
Translations

startling

[ˈstɑːtlɪŋ] ADJ [news] → alarmante; [discovery] → inesperado; [appearance] → llamativo

startling

[ˈstɑːrtlɪŋ] adjsurprenant(e), saisissant(e)

startling

adj news, clarity, revelationüberraschend; (= bad)alarmierend, bestürzend; coincidence, resemblance, contrast, changeerstaunlich; colour, originalityaufregend, erregend; dress, blueaufregend; discovery, claim, success, resultsaufregend, sensationell

startling

[ˈstɑːtlɪŋ] adj (surprising) → sorprendente, sbalorditivo/a; (alarming) → impressionante
References in classic literature ?
No ghostly worn-out figure should confront Tom Willard, but something quite unexpected and startling.
Damon's rather startling announcement, Tom and Ned looked at one another.
This startling intimation was the first which they had of the woman's approach.
Though this sudden and startling movement of the Indian produced no sound from the other, in the surprise her veil also was allowed to open its folds, and betrayed an indescribable look of pity, admiration, and horror, as her dark eye followed the easy motions of the savage.
The haste, and, as it were, the galvanic impulse of the movement, were really quite startling.
There was no trace of Flora on that nearer side of the bank where my observation of her had been most startling, and none on the opposite edge, where, save for a margin of some twenty yards, a thick copse came down to the water.
But it was startling to see this excellent hearted Quakeress coming on board, as she did the last day, with a long oil-ladle in one hand, and a still longer whaling lance in the other.
It came with a sudden rush, bewildering him, startling him; it was as if his dead childhood had come back to him, laughing and calling
A row of huge icicles hung down from the edge of the roof, and anything more wintry than the whole ANBLICK could not well be imagined; but the sudden appearance of the great mountains in front was so startling that I felt no inclination to move toward bed again.
If the twins could but do some crowning act now to climax it, something usual, something startling, something to concentrate upon themselves the company's loftiest admiration, something in the nature of an electric surprise--
shouted the whole mass, with an energy so startling, that the ruthless tyrants south of Mason and Dixon's line might almost have heard the mighty burst of feeling, and recognized it as the pledge of an invincible determination, on the part of those who gave it, never to betray him that wanders, but to hide the outcast, and firmly to abide the consequences.
He retained a great deal of the reserve for which his boyhood was remarkable; and that served to repress all startling demonstrations of feeling.