Pronunciation: (stär'tl), [key]
—v., -tled, -tling,
1. to disturb or agitate suddenly as by surprise or alarm.
2. to cause to start involuntarily, by or as by a sudden shock.
to start involuntarily, as from a shock of surprise or alarm.
1. a sudden shock of surprise, alarm, or the like.
2. something that startles.
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