startled


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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.

startled

(ˈstɑːtəld)
adj
surprised; alarmed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
Translations

startled

[ˈstɑːtld] ADJ [animal] → asustado, espantado; [person] → sorprendido; [expression, voice] → de sobresalto, sobresaltado
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It felt so cold and so thin, that even the momentary contact with it startled me.
And she -- she was no more startled at his fantastic make-up than if she was used to his like every day of her life.
Scarce pausing for a backward glance, Taglat abandoned the unconscious woman and fled in the opposite direction from the horrid sound which had broken in so unexpected and terrifying a manner upon his startled ears; but the warning had come too late to save him, and the lion, in his second bound, alighted full upon the broad shoulders of the anthropoid.
That phrase, the "one small woman," startled me like an electric shock.
not upon himself and his shadow,--all at once he startled and shrank back: for he saw another shadow beside his own.
Elizabeth would have been startled and embarrassed if she could have read his thoughts, for they might have suggested to her that she was becoming a great deal fonder of Bill than the shortness of their acquaintance warranted.
The crudeness of the question startled him: the word was one that women of his class fought shy of, even when their talk flitted closest about the topic.
They had already sprung upon the prostrate form of their victim to finish what the accident had commenced, when the loud report of Sing's revolver smote upon their startled ears as the Chinaman's bullet buried itself in the heart of Number Ten.
Saxon was startled by the wildest scream of terror she had evor heard.
Hung with the sunset's fringe of gold; Now strangely clear thine image grows, And olden memories Are startled from their long repose Like shadows on the silent snows When suddenly the night-wind blows Where quiet moonlight ties.
What startled eyes Uplifted from the restless stream first met The full round glory of the moon
Nearly a year later, in the month of October, 18--, London was startled by a crime of singular ferocity and rendered all the more notable by the high position of the victim.