Meaning of startle
Pronunciation: (stär'tl), [key]
— v., n. -tled, -tling,
- to disturb or agitate suddenly as by surprise or alarm.
- to cause to start involuntarily, by or as by a sudden shock.
- to start involuntarily, as from a shock of surprise or alarm.
- a sudden shock of surprise, alarm, or the like.
- something that startles.
- startle (Thesaurus)