Synonyms for startle:
amaze, astonish, catch unawares.
Other synonyms and related words:
start, initiate, galvanize, depart, dumbfound, shake up, stand out, unnerve, bully, galvanise, offset, embark on, jumpstart, traumatize, starting signal, fright, skip over, derail, catch unawares, flabbergast, jump, part, terrify, alternate, beginning, get, stick out, freak, skip, starting, cow, pass over, start out, starting line, bowl over, scratch, terrorize, originate, climb up, starting time, parachuting, spring, astonish, leap out, spook, commencement, jump-start, shake, begin, paralyze, petrify, chill, Thunderstrike, take off, affright, intimidate, scarify, go, stupefy, jumping, set about, parachute, bound, get going, head start, horrify, electrify, set forth, outset, bulge, lead off, bolt, disturb, jump out, first, saltation, kickoff, set out, amaze, commence, rise, rock, leap, pop.
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frighten, surprise (verb)
Usage examples for startle:
- I beg your pardon, miss; I hope I did not startle you; but there is a young lady in the first- class compartment who, I take it, would be the better for a bit of company; and as I saw you were alone, I thought you might not object to change your carriage. - "Our Bessie", Rosa Nouchette Carey.
- Something in that frightened, sidewise attitude made him hesitate to tell her of Benjamin Wright; she hardly knew the old gentleman, but it would startle her, the doctor reasoned. - "The Awakening of Helena Richie", Margaret Deland.
- The Pinto let out a cry of rage and pain that seemed to startle even Shiloh. - "Rebel Spurs", Andre Norton.