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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

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  1. List of paraphrases:

    scare, frighten, spook

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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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