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Adjective: startled  staa(r)-t(u)ld
  1. Excited by sudden surprise or alarm and making a quick involuntary movement
    "students startled by the teacher's quiet return"; "the sudden fluttering of the startled pigeons"; "her startled expression"
Verb: startle  staa(r)-t(u)l
  1. To stimulate to action
    "the loud noise 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: surprised

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

Encyclopedia: Startle