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startle Explained

startle at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


startle at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

13c., "run to and fro," frequentative of sterten (see start). Sense of "move suddenly in surprise or fear" first recorded 1530. Meaning "frighten suddenly" is from 1595. The word retains more of the original meaning of start. ///

startle at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [T] [Language: Old English; Origin: steartlian 'to kick your legs about']// to make someone suddenly surprised or slightly shocked// --Sorry, I didn't mean to startle you.// be startled to do sth// --I was startled to see Amanda.// -- startled adj // --a startled expression//

startle at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

81 Moby Thesaurus words for "startle":
affright, alarm, alert, amaze, arouse, astonish, astound, awe,
awestrike, be startled, bedaze, bedazzle, bewilder, boggle, bolt,
bowl down, bowl over, confound, cry havoc, cry wolf,
curdle the blood, daze, dazzle, discombobulate, discompose, dismay,
disquiet, disturb, dumbfound, dumbfounder, electrify, fight shy,
flabbergast, flinch, fly storm warnings, fright, frighten, funk,
horripilate, jar, jib, jolt, jump, jump a mile, make one tremble,
overwhelm, panic, paralyze, perplex, perturb, petrify,
raise apprehensions, scare, shake, shake up, shock, shy, skedaddle,
sound the alarm, sound the tocsin, spook, spring, stagger,
stampede, start, start aside, strike dead, strike dumb,
strike with wonder, stun, stupefy, surprise, take aback, terrify,
terrorize, unman, unnerve, unsettle, unstring, upset, warn

startle at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Disappointed expectation): be taken by surprise, miscalculate, not bargain for, be unexpected, take by surprise, catch unawares, surprise, startle.

[V] (Wonder): surprise, astonish, amaze, astound, dumfound, confound, bewilder, stupefy, fascinate, startle.

startle at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

to surprise sb suddenly in a way that slightly shocks or frightens them:
[VN] I didn't mean to startle you. * The explosion startled the horse. * I was startled by her question. * [VN to inf] It startled me to find her sitting in my office.
startled adjective:
She looked at him with startled eyes. * He looked startled. * She jumped back like a startled rabbit.

Startle at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Startle \Star"tle\, n.
A sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm,
surprise, or apprehension of danger.

After having recovered from my first startle, I was
very well pleased with the accident. --Spectator.

Startle \Star"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Startled}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Startling}.] [Freq. of start.]
To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.

Why shrinks the soul Back on herself, and startles at
destruction? --Addison.

Startle \Star"tle\, v. t.
1. To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to
frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to

The supposition, at least, that angels do sometimes
assume bodies need not startle us. --Locke.

2. To deter; to cause to deviate. [R.] --Clarendon.

Syn: To start; shock; fright; frighten; alarm.

startle at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start" [syn:
{jump}, {start}]

v 1: to stimulate to action ; "..startled him awake"; "galvanized
into action" [syn: {galvanize}, {galvanise}]
2: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She
startled when I walked into the room" [syn: {jump}, {start}]

startle at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » startlen|lang=enm, Inter: term » stertlen|lang=enm, Inter: term » stertyllen||to rush, stumble along|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » steartlian||to kick with the foot, struggle, stumble|lang=ang, equivalent to Inter: suffix » start|le. Cognate with Inter: etyl » non|- Inter: term » stirtla||to hobble, stagger|lang=non, Inter: etyl » is|- Inter: term » stirtla||to straighten up, erect|lang=is. Compare also Inter: etyl » enm|- Inter: term » stertil||hasty|lang=enm. More at Inter: l » en|start.


* Inter: rhymes » ɑː(r)təl


Inter: en-verb » startl|es
  • To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.
    1. Inter: quote-book »

    |author=R. L. Stine
    |title=Say Cheese and Die, Again!
    |passage=The high voice in the night air startled me. Without thinking, I started to run. Then stopped. I spun around, my heart heaving against my chest. And saw a boy. About my age.
    1. To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise.
    2. 1896, Category: w - :Joseph Conrad|Joseph Conrad, "An outcast of the islands"
    3. : Nothing could startle her, make her scold or make her cry. She did not complain, she did not rebel.
    4. To deter; to cause to deviate.


      * Inter: sense » to move suddenly start

  • Inter: sense » to excite suddenly alarm, frighten, scare, surprise
  • Inter: sense » deter deter

    Derived terms

    * Inter: l » en|startling


    Inter: trans-top » to move or be excited on feeling alarm
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|schrikken
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|hätkähtää, Inter: t+ » fi|kavahtaa, Inter: t- » fi|säikähtää
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|sursauter
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|scattare, Inter: t- » it|sobbalzare

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: t- » ku|داچڵه‌کاندن|sc=ku-Arab
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|sobresaltarse, Inter: t+ » es|alarmarse

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|吓了一跳|tr=xiàleyítiào
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|laten schrikken
    • Inter: trreq » eo
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|säikäyttää, Inter: t- » fi|hätkäyttää
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|surprendre
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ξαφνιάζω|tr=xafniázo|sc=Grek, Inter: t+ » el|αιφνιδιάζω|tr=aifnidiázo|sc=Grek
    • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|הבהיל|m|tr=hevhil

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|spaventare, Inter: t+ » it|sorprendere
  • Inter: trreq » ja
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|terreo|alt=terreō, Inter: t- » la|pavefacio|alt=pavefaciō
  • Inter: trreq » ang
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|поражать|tr=poražát’, Inter: t+ » ru|вздрагивать|tr=vzdrágivat’
  • Inter: trreq » sv
  • Thai: Inter: l » th|ความตกใจ|tr=kwaam dtòk jai|sc=Thai
  • Inter: trreq » vi

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to deter; to cause to deviate
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|harhauttaa
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|schivare, Inter: t+ » it|evitare

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|terreo|alt=terreō
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|evitar, Inter: t+ » es|impedir

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » es: Inter: t- » es|sobresaltarse, Inter: t+ » es|asustarse, Inter: t+ » es|alarmarse

    Inter: checktrans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • A sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm, surprise, or apprehension of danger.
    1. Inter: quote-book »

    |author=George Hooker Colton, James Davenport Whelpley
    |title=The American review
    |passage=The figure of a man heaving in sight amidst these wide solitudes, always causes a startle and thrill of expectation and doubt, similar to the feeling produced by the announcement of " a strange sail ahead" on shipboard, during a long voyage.

    Derived terms

    * Inter: l » en|startler
    • Inter: l » en|startlish


      Inter: trans-top » a sudden motion or shock
    • Finnish: hätkähdys
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » ڕاچه‌نین

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|sobresalto|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * Inter: l » en|skittish


    * rattles, starlet, tarlets
    Translation: bg » startle
    Translation: de » startle
    Translation: et » startle
    Translation: fa » startle
    Translation: fr » startle
    Translation: ko » startle
    Translation: io » startle
    Translation: it » startle
    Translation: kn » startle
    Translation: lt » startle
    Translation: li » startle
    Translation: hu » startle
    Translation: mg » startle
    Translation: my » startle
    Translation: pl » startle
    Category: simple:startle -
    Translation: fi » startle
    Translation: tl » startle
    Translation: ta » startle
    Translation: te » startle
    Translation: vi » startle
    Translation: zh » startle