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 startle startle

noun

  • a sudden involuntary movement  ( jump, startle, start )
    a sudden involuntary movement
     he awoke with a start
    he awoke with a start
  • verb

  • () to stimulate to action  ( galvanise, galvanize, startle )
    to stimulate to action
     the loud noise startled him awake
    the loud noise startled him awake
     galvanized into action
    galvanized into action
  • move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm  ( startle, jump, start )
    move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
     She startled when I walked into the room
    She startled when I walked into the room