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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.]
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|Adj.||1.||startled - excited by sudden surprise or alarm and making a quick involuntary movement; "students startled by the teacher's quiet return"; "the sudden fluttering of the startled pigeons"; "her startled expression"|
surprised - taken unawares or suddenly and feeling wonder or astonishment; "surprised by her student's ingenuity"; "surprised that he remembered my name"; "a surprised expression"
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startled[ˈstɑːtld] ADJ [animal] → asustado, espantado; [person] → sorprendido; [expression, voice] → de sobresalto, sobresaltado
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