startle synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term startle:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. startle, jump, start(verb)

    a sudden involuntary movement

    parachuting, outset, startle, first, head start, starting time, scratch line, scratch, commencement, leap, start, starting line, get-go, kickoff, saltation, showtime, starting, offset, jumping, starting signal, beginning, jump

  2. startle, galvanize, galvanise(verb)

    to stimulate to action

    galvanise, start, startle, galvanize, jump

  3. startle, jump, start(verb)

    move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

    spring, start, jumpstart, rise, jump out, set about, jump off, get, begin, climb up, get going, start up, commence, get down, stick out, pop out, bulge, embark on, stand out, alternate, part, derail, galvanize, set off, jump-start, originate, skip, initiate, depart, lead off, galvanise, go, startle, parachute, bug out, pass over, leap, skip over, jump, bound, bulge out, chute, pop, start out, set forth, leap out, take off, protrude, come out, take up, set out


  1. startle(verb)

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

    surprise, alarm, frighten, start, scare

  2. startle(verb)

    To deter; to cause to deviate.


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. startle(v. n.)

    shrink, wince, flinch, start

  2. startle(v. a.)

    frighten, flight, affright, alarm, shock

  3. startle(v. a.)

    strike with wonder, surprise, astonish, astound, amaze

  4. startle(n.)

    shock, START

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

scare, frighten, spook