from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Extremely shocked.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of startle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. excited by sudden surprise or alarm and making a quick involuntary movement


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • His expression startled her, the blaze in his eyes—they were full of faith in her, of confidence in her abilities.

    City of Glass

  • The mention of their name startled Frank and Joe out of their trance.


  • Izabel choked out a laugh, her expression startled.

    Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark: The Clan MacRieve

  • Hearing the voice of Cray, the Grissom’s Andorian chief of security, calling her name startled Katerina Mueller, and she dropped her hydrospanner.

    No Limits

  • This again startled the creature, and Conan used the opportunity to kick it away.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • "Hello, what's that?" he demanded in startled surprise.

    Chapter 29

  • They watched each other closely after that, and faced about in startled fright whenever either passed behind the other's back.

    In a Far Country

  • She had been accustomed to landing them up to nine and ten inches, and the screech of the reel when the big one was hooked caused her to cry out in startled surprise.


  • A pint-sized version of the Tyrannosaurus rex, with similarly powerful legs, razor-sharp teeth and tiny arms, roamed China some 125 million years ago, said scientists who remain startled by the discovery.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: September 18, 2009

  • For me, what's left when you're no longer startled is what's worthwhile.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.