startle

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Noun[change]

Singular
startle

Plural
startles

  1. A startle is a shock or a fright. Usage of 'startle' as a noun in English is rare.
    The birthday boy had a startle when we screamed "Happy birthday" from behind him.

Verb[change]

Plain form
startle

Third-person singular
startles

Past tense
startled

Past participle
startled

Present participle
startling

  1. To startle is to surprise and shock with something not expected.
    She thought she was alone, but was startled to hear someone behind her..