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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- in Indo-European roots.]

star′tling·ly adv.
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Adv.1.startlingly - in a startling manner; "a startlingly modern voice"


[ˈstɑːrtlɪŋli] adv
He was startlingly handsome → Il était d'une beauté saisissante.start-up [ˈstɑːrtʌp] n (= new business) → start-up fstart-up capital ncapital m de démarragestart-up company start-up firm nstart-up fstart-up costs nfrais mpl d'établissement, frais mpl de démarragestar turn n (British) (= person) → vedette f


adv simple, alikeüberraschend; dressed, beautifulaufregend; differentverblüffend; nothing startlingly new/originalnichts besonders or allzu Neues/Originelles
References in classic literature ?
But I think you will be as much surprised as I was when I tell you that the description given by the people at Aldborough of Miss Bygrave's appearance is most startlingly and unaccountably like the description of Magdalen's appearance.
In fact, there was a certain curious Puritanism about her, a Puritanism which found a startlingly incongruous and almost laughable expression in the Scripture almanac which hung on the wall at the end of her bed, and the Bible, and two or three Sunday-school stories which, with a copy of "Jane Eyre," were the only books that lay upon the circular mahogany table.
He was a tall, fine animal, elderly, but with hair still startlingly yellow.
But the quietude of the air was startlingly tense and unsafe, like a slender hair holding a sword suspended over his head.
Razumov's record, like the open book of fate, revives for me the memory of that day as something startlingly pitiless in its freedom from all forebodings.
The only gleam perhaps that one could find on her was that of her teeth, which one used to get between her dull lips unexpectedly, startlingly, and a little inexplicably, because it was never associated with a smile.
The frescoes on the walls were startlingly suited to the place.
Never was the old conventional maxim, that Nature cannot err, more flatly contradicted--never was the fair promise of a lovely figure more strangely and startlingly belied by the face and head that crowned it.
His silence in itself had nothing startlingly unusual in this household, hidden in the shades of the sordid street seldom touched by the sun, behind the dim shop with its wares of disreputable rubbish.
Only the silence of the boat was at intervals startlingly pierced by one of his peculiar whispers, now harsh with command, now soft with entreaty.
Now and then he wondered vaguely about his boy and asked himself what he should feel when he went and stood by the carved four-posted bed again and looked down at the sharply chiseled ivory-white face while it slept and, the black lashes rimmed so startlingly the close-shut eyes.
I hope so, but I fear, for all that followed was startlingly real, so real that now sitting here in the broad, full sunlight of the morning, I cannot in the least believe that it was all sleep.