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Adjective: startling  staa(r)t-ling or staa(r)-tu-ling
  1. So remarkably different or sudden as to cause momentary shock or alarm
    "Sydney's startling new Opera House"; "startling news"; "startling earthquake shocks"
Verb: startle  staa(r)-t(u)l
  1. To stimulate to action
    "..startled him awake";
    - galvanize, galvanise [Brit]
  2. Move suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
    "She startled when I walked into the room";
    - jump, start

See also: surprising

Type of: ball over, blow out of the water, floor, move, shock, take aback

Encyclopedia: Startle