As the family hunted for anything personal that could be retrieved, they were startled when the phone began to ring.
But other Zentai enthusiasts wear their suits in public and bask in the reactions of startled passers-by.
When Syrian soldiers from the Interior Ministry roared up in a white Toyota van to abduct me, I was startled.
Police report that he was so startled by being tracked down so quickly that he immediately confessed.
The explosion outside the house in northern Syria startled me.
Aggy turned with a startled defiance, but at sight of Quinn's face she recoiled.
She had not seen the boy for two months, and the change in him startled her.
In a few minutes they were startled by an explosive “Caramba!”
Out of the tail of his eye he could see that the rest of the Council were startled.
She lifted her face then, startled by her own audacity, and said, "Want to see me do it?"
c.1300, "run to and fro," frequentative of sterten (see start (v.)). Sense of "move suddenly in surprise or fear" first recorded 1520s. Transitive meaning "frighten suddenly" is from 1590s. The word retains more of the original meaning of start (v.). Related: Startled; startling.