Associations to the word «Startle»

Wiktionary

STARTLE, verb. (intransitive) To move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start.
STARTLE, verb. (transitive) To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise.
STARTLE, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To deter; to cause to deviate.
STARTLE, noun. A sudden motion or shock caused by an unexpected alarm, surprise, or apprehension of danger.

Dictionary definition

STARTLE, noun. A sudden involuntary movement; "he awoke with a start".
STARTLE, verb. To stimulate to action ; "..startled him awake"; "galvanized into action".
STARTLE, verb. Move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room".

Wise words

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia