What does the word startle mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

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

Usage examples for startle

  1. I didn't think I'd startle you so when I shook you. – The Flying Stingaree by Harold Leland Goodwin
  2. I have something to tell you that will startle you. – The Intriguers by 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 by George A. Birmingham