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Definition of Startle


  1. To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.
  2. To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise.
  3. To deter; to cause to deviate.
  4. A sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm, surprise, or apprehension of danger.

Startle Quotations

Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
John Keats

The service of philosophy, of speculative culture, towards the human spirit, is to rouse, to startle it to a life of constant and eager observation.
Walter Pater

I write totally spontaneously. I actually write fiction by hand - that always seems to startle people. I think the reason I do that is to bypass the thinking part of me and get to the more unconscious part, which is where all the good ideas seem to be.
Jennifer Egan

It was very difficult to startle or surprise someone with a particular sound during the family computer era.
Nobuo Uematsu

I don't startle easily.
Penny Marshall
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Startle Translations

startle in German is aufschrecken, aufschrecken, aufschreckens
startle in Spanish is sobresaltar