startling

[stahrt-ling, stahr-tl-ing]
adjective
creating sudden alarm, surprise, or wonder; astonishing.

Origin:
startle + -ing2

startlingly, adverb
unstartling, adjective
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startle

[stahr-tl]
verb (used with object), startled, startling.
1.
to disturb or agitate suddenly as by surprise or alarm.
2.
to cause to start involuntarily, by or as by a sudden shock.
verb (used without object), startled, startling.
3.
to start involuntarily, as from a shock of surprise or alarm.
noun
4.
a sudden shock of surprise, alarm, or the like.
5.
something that startles.

Origin:
before 1100; Middle English stertlen to rush, caper, equivalent to stert(en) to start + -(e)len -le, or continuing Old English steartlian to kick, struggle

startlement, noun
startler, noun
outstartle, verb (used with object), outstartled, outstartling.
unstartled, adjective


1. scare, frighten, astonish. See shock1.
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startle (ˈstɑːtəl)
 
vb
to be or cause to be surprised or frightened, esp so as to start involuntarily
 
[Old English steartlian to stumble; related to Middle High German starzen to strut, Norwegian sterta to strain oneself]
 
'startler
 
n

startling (ˈstɑːtlɪŋ)
 
adj
causing surprise or fear; striking; astonishing
 
'startlingly
 
adv

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startle
c.1300, "run to and fro," frequentative of sterten (see start). Sense of "move suddenly in surprise or fear" first recorded 1530. Trans. meaning "frighten suddenly" is from 1595. The word retains more of the original meaning of start (v.).
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