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 ?
The contrast between what I saw and heard now, and what I had seen and heard only a few minutes since, was so extraordinary and so startling that I almost doubted whether the veiled figure with the harp, and the dance of cats, were not the fantastic creations of a dream.
I hope your dreams have been pleasanter than that," I ventured at this moment to stammer, rising, a startling apparition, from my ambush behind a mound of brambles; and before she had time to take in the situation I added that I hoped she'd excuse my little pleasantry, and told her how I had noticed her and the wounded bicycle, et cetera, et cetera, as the reader can well imagine, without giving me the trouble of writing it all out.
Inured to danger, she maintained her self-possession in the face of the startling surprise which her new-found consciousness revealed to her.
Miss Vanstone was present in the room when I read those two startling lines.
The effect on my mind was startling in the extreme.
In his senseless school-boy happiness he pictured Madame Olenska's descent from the train, his discovery of her a long way off, among the throngs of meaningless faces, her clinging to his arm as he guided her to the carriage, their slow approach to the wharf among slipping horses, laden carts, vociferating teamsters, and then the startling quiet of the ferry-boat, where they would sit side by side under the snow, in the motionless carriage, while the earth seemed to glide away under them, rolling to the other side of the sun.
Never had the ourang outangs heard the sound of a firearm, and the noise, seemingly in such close proximity, filled them with such terror that on the instant they forgot all else than this new and startling fear, and with headlong haste leaped away into the jungle, leaving Bulan lying where he had fallen.
Before they parted, Alan made a proposal that was startling in the extreme.
While the monarch and his friends listened in amazement to this impudent speech, a startling thing happened.
Struck in mid-air, a trifle of a flying machine, all its delicate gears tangled and disrupted, Cocky fell to the floor in a shower of white feathers, which, like snowflakes, eddied slowly down after, and after the plummet-like descent of the cat, so that some of them came to rest on her back, startling her tense nerves with their gentle impact and making her crouch closer while she shot a swift glance around and overhead for any danger that might threaten.
Hyperekplexia, which has a "major" or "minor" form, is one of the three heterogeneous groups of disorders with abnormal responses to startling events (1).
As Lawrence gets merry with his mates on his stag do, Andy makes a startling proposition to Bernice.