Definitions for startle
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word startle.
startle, jump, startverb
a sudden involuntary movement
"he awoke with a start"
startle, galvanize, galvaniseverb
to stimulate to action
"..startled him awake"; "galvanized into action"
startle, jump, startverb
move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
"She startled when I walked into the room"
A sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm, surprise, or apprehension of danger.
To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.
To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise.
To deter; to cause to deviate.
Etymology: From startlen, stertlen, stertyllen, from steartlian, equivalent to. Cognate with stirtla, stirtla. Compare also stertil. More at start.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Sudden alarm; shock; sudden impression of terrour.
Etymology: from the verb.
After having recovered from my first startle, I was very well pleased at the accident. Spectator.
To fright; to shock; to impress with sudden terrour, surprise, or alarm.
They would find occasions enough, upon the account of his known affections to the king’s service, from which it was not possible to remove or startle him. Edward Hyde.
Wilmot had more scruples from religion to startle him, and would not have attained his end by any gross act of wickedness. Edward Hyde.
Such whisp’ring wak’d her, but with startled eye
On Adam. John Milton.
To hear the lark begin his flight,
And singing startle the dull night
From his watch-tower in the skies,
’Till the dappled dawn doth rise. John Milton.
The supposition that angels assume bodies needs not startle us, since some of the most ancient and most learned fathers seemed to believe that they had bodies. John Locke.
Incest! Oh name it not!
The very mention shakes my inmost soul:
The gods are startled in their peaceful mansions,
And nature sickens at the shocking sound. Smith.
His books had been solemnly burnt at Rome as heretical: some people, he found, were startled at it; so he was forced boldly to make reprisals, to buoy up their courage. Francis Atterbury.
Now the leaf
Incessant rustles, from the mournful grove
Oft startling such as studious walk below,
And slowly circles through the waving air. James Thomson.
To shrink; to move on feeling a sudden impression of alarm or terrour.
Etymology: from start.
The startling steed was seiz’d with sudden fright,
And bounding o’er the pommel cast the knight. Dryden.
Why shrinks the soul
Back on herself, and startles at destruction? Joseph Addison, Cato.
My frighted thoughts run back,
And startle into madness at the sound. Joseph Addison, Cato.
to move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start
to excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise
to deter; to cause to deviate
a sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm, surprise, or apprehension of danger
Etymology: [Freq. of start.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
stärt′l, v.i. to start or move suddenly: to feel sudden alarm.—v.t. to excite suddenly: to shock: to frighten.—n. sudden alarm or surprise.—n. Start′ler.—adj. Start′ling, such as to strike with astonishment or alarm.—adv. Start′lingly.—adj. Start′lish, apt to start. [Extension of start.]
The numerical value of startle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of startle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Oils can startle your senses and get your body up quickly.
They go through enormous amounts of training and are more used to going up against multiple grown men and hearing loud noises, so the little things a kid might do to startle a regular dog isn't going to phase ours at all.
He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed.
I didn’t want to startle the bull, i just snuck by him.
We started to notice the cheetahs became curious of the vehicle; but it was too late to drive away or anything like that because you don’t want to startle the animals, because that’s when things usually go wrong.
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Translations for startle
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- erschrecken, aufschreckenGerman
- αιφνιδιάζω, ξαφνιάζωGreek
- sobresalto, evitar, sobresaltar, alarmar, impedirSpanish
- säikäyttää, säikähtää, hätkähdys, kavahtaa, harhauttaa, hätkähtää, hätkäyttääFinnish
- sursauter, surprendreFrench
- sorprendere, evitare, scattare, spaventare, sobbalzare, schivareItalian
- داچڵهکاندن, ڕاچهنینKurdish
- terreō, pavefaciōLatin
- ohomauri, whakapereruMāori
- laten schrikken, schrikkenDutch
- dar um susto, assustarPortuguese
- испуга́ть, напуга́ть, пуга́тьRussian
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