What does startle mean?

Definitions for startle
ˈstɑr tlstar·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. startle, jump, start(verb)

    a sudden involuntary movement

    "he awoke with a start"

  2. startle, galvanize, galvanise(verb)

    to stimulate to action

    "..startled him awake"; "galvanized into action"

  3. startle, jump, start(verb)

    move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

    "She startled when I walked into the room"

Wiktionary

  1. startle(Noun)

    A sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm, surprise, or apprehension of danger.

    Etymology: From startlen, stertlen, stertyllen, from steartlian, equivalent to . Cognate with stirtla, stirtla. Compare also stertil. More at start.

  2. startle(Verb)

    To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.

    Etymology: From startlen, stertlen, stertyllen, from steartlian, equivalent to . Cognate with stirtla, stirtla. Compare also stertil. More at start.

  3. startle(Verb)

    To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise.

    Etymology: From startlen, stertlen, stertyllen, from steartlian, equivalent to . Cognate with stirtla, stirtla. Compare also stertil. More at start.

  4. startle(Verb)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Startle(verb)

    to move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start

    Etymology: [Freq. of start.]

  2. Startle(verb)

    to excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise

    Etymology: [Freq. of start.]

  3. Startle(verb)

    to deter; to cause to deviate

    Etymology: [Freq. of start.]

  4. Startle(noun)

    a sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm, surprise, or apprehension of danger

    Etymology: [Freq. of start.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Startle

    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.]

Anagrams for startle »

  1. rattles, starlet, tarlets

  2. Rattles

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of startle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of startle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of startle in a Sentence

  1. Britton Hayes:

    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.

  2. Confucius:

    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.

  3. Holly Rilinger:

    Oils can startle your senses and get your body up quickly.

  4. Lisa Grennan:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of startle

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Translations for startle

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  • erschrecken, aufschreckenGerman
  • αιφνιδιάζω, ξαφνιάζωGreek
  • evitar, sobresalto, alarmar, sobresaltar, impedirSpanish
  • hätkäyttää, hätkähtää, säikäyttää, kavahtaa, hätkähdys, säikähtää, harhauttaaFinnish
  • surprendre, sursauterFrench
  • הבהילHebrew
  • spaventare, scattare, evitare, sorprendere, schivare, sobbalzareItalian
  • 脅かすJapanese
  • ڕاچه‌نین, داچڵه‌کاندنKurdish
  • pavefaciō, terreōLatin
  • whakapereru, ohomauriMāori
  • schrikken, laten schrikkenDutch
  • assustar, dar um sustoPortuguese
  • напуга́ть, испуга́ть, пуга́тьRussian
  • sprittaSwedish
  • 惊吓Chinese

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