startle verb definition in Surprise topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


 verb: Surprise topic
to surprise somebody suddenly in a way that slightly shocks or frightens them startle somebody/something I didn't mean to startle you. The explosion startled the horse. I was startled by her question. She was startled into a little cry of surprise. it startles somebody to do something It startled me to find her sitting in my office.