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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To frighten suddenly, but not seriously.

Usage examples (32)
  • Children love to startle their parents by surprising them as they come around a corner.
  • September 30th, 2009 Oregon dad gets trial in startle neck cuff caseSALEM, Ore.
  • The simple reaction that "he must be wrong" because his findings surprise or even startle is simple establishment bias.
  • This is called the startle reflex; it's an automatic response to fear or danger, and it's very hard to fake. for more
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