Student Thesaurus

One entry found for startle.
Entry Word: startle
Function: verb
Text: 1 to make a strong impression on (someone) with something unexpected <the lightning startled the children and sent them seeking cover> -- see SURPRISE 1
2 to move suddenly and sharply (as in surprise) <the cat startled when the door opened with a bang> -- see START 1
3 to strike with fear <loud noises always startled her> -- see FRIGHTEN