Part of speech: verb

To arouse or excite suddenly; be suddenly aroused or excited.

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Usage examples "startle":

  1. I didn't think I'd startle you so when I shook you. - "The Flying Stingaree", Harold Leland Goodwin.
  2. I have something to tell you that will startle you. - "The Intriguers", William Le Queux.
  3. It has been for some time difficult to startle London by a display of mere wealth. - "The Red Hand of Ulster", George A. Birmingham.