startles (third person present) · startled (past tense) · startled (past participle) · startling (present participle)
  1. cause to feel sudden shock or alarm.
    "a sudden sound in the doorway startled her" ·
    "he was startled to see a column of smoke"
    surprise · frighten · scare · alarm · give someone a shock · give someone a fright · give someone a jolt · make someone jump · perturb · unsettle · agitate · disturb ·
    disconcert · disquiet · give someone a turn · make someone jump out of their skin · flabbergast
    put at ease
Old English steartlian ‘kick, struggle’, from the base of start. The early sense gave rise to ‘move quickly, caper’ (typically said of cattle), whence ‘cause to react with fear’ (late 16th century).
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a sudden sound in the doorway startled her.
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Laguages Translations
Afrikaans uur
Arabic (VERB)باغت, جفل
Bangla চমকানো
Bosnian (Latin) prepasti
Bulgarian стреснат
Cantonese (Traditional)
Catalan espantar
Chinese Simplified
Chinese Traditional
Croatian uplašiti
Czech (VERB)vylekat, překvapit
Danish (VERB)overraske
Dutch schrikken
Estonian üllatab
Fijian vakidacalataki
Filipino makakapagpamangha
Finnish (VERB)hätkähdyttää, yllättää
French (VERB)sursauter, effrayer
German (VERB)erschrecken
Greek (VERB)τρομάξει
Haitian Creole pantan
Hebrew להבהיל
Hindi गाफिल
Hmong Daw ras
Hungarian (VERB)megijeszt
Icelandic startgjald
Indonesian mengagetkan
Italian (VERB)spaventare, sussultare
Japanese (VERB)驚愕
Klingon Dun
Korean (VERB)깜짝 놀랄, 놀라게
Latvian (NOUN)satrūkšanās
Lithuanian apstulbinti
Malagasy hanaitra
Malay (Latin) menyentakkan
Norwegian Bokmål skremme
Persian وحشت زده شدن
Polish przerażać
Portuguese (VERB)assustar
Querétaro Otomi ar ar mbidi
Romanian tresărire
Russian (VERB)испугать, спугнуть, поразить, напугать, удивляют, пугать
Samoan faateia
Serbian (Cyrillic) препаднем
Serbian (Latin) prepadnem
Slovak vyľakať
Slovenian dražljaj
Spanish (VERB)sobresaltar, asustar
Swedish (NOUN)spritta
(VERB)skrämma, häpnadsväckande
Tahitian faahitimahuta
Tamil மகிழ்ச்சியையும்
Telugu స్టయిల్లే
Tongan faka'ohovale'i
Turkish (VERB)korkutmak
Ukrainian сильно здивувати
Urdu ہڑبڑی
Vietnamese làm giật mình
Welsh dychryn
Yucatec Maya ti' le susto
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