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Synonyms for startle
ˈstɑr tl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. startle, jump, start(verb)

    a sudden involuntary movement

    "he awoke with a start"

    parachuting, outset, 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

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

    galvanise, start, galvanize, jump

  3. startle, jump, start(verb)

    move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

    "She startled when I walked into the room"

    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, 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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. startle(v)

    scare, surprise, affright

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "startle":

    scare, frighten, spook

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How to use startle in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. Holly Rilinger:

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

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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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