Dictionary Results for startle

1. startle - noun

· a sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start"

Synonym(s): jump, start

Hypernym(s): reflex, reflex_response, reflex_action, instinctive_reflex, innate_reflex, inborn_reflex, unconditioned_reflex, physiological_reaction

2. startle - verb

· to stimulate to action; "the loud noise startled him awake"; "galvanized into action"

Synonym(s): galvanize, galvanise

Hypernym(s): shock, floor, ball_over, blow_out_of_the_water, take_aback

3. startle - verb

· move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"

Synonym(s): jump, start

Hypernym(s): move

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