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Adjective
Likely to startle
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“I'd seen him on the Meadowbank bus a few years before, wearing startling leather hot pants.”
Adjective
Presented in vividly shocking or sensational terms
Adjective
Striking in appearance or effect
Adjective
Of capable of causing fear
Adjective
Causing great public interest and excitement
Adjective
Remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree
Adjective
Causing worry or anxiety
Adjective
Giving clear and vividly explicit details
Adjective
Very bold and unusual and rather shocking
Adjective
Causing a feeling of surprise, fear or dismay
Adjective
Having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement
Adjective
Sudden and unexpected
Adjective
Not happening or encountered often
Verb
The causing of amazement
“The lightning startled the children and sent them scurrying for cover.”
Verb
Present participle for cause to feel sudden shock or alarm
“As always I approached silently, hoping to startle them with a sudden intrusion.”
Verb
Present participle for to move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm
“The cat startled when the door slammed shut with a bang.”
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