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Meaning & Definition of Startle in English

English

Startle

/stɑrtəl/

noun

1. A sudden involuntary movement

  • "He awoke with a start"
    synonym:
  • startle
  • ,
  • jump
  • ,
  • start

verb

1. To stimulate to action

  • "..startled him awake"
  • "Galvanized into action"
    synonym:
  • startle
  • ,
  • galvanize
  • ,
  • galvanise

2. Move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

  • "She startled when i walked into the room"
    synonym:
  • startle
  • ,
  • jump
  • ,
  • start