Definition of startling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstärdliNG/


Very surprising, astonishing, or remarkable: he bore a startling likeness to their father she had startling blue eyes
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  • Lexa was about to respond to this startling remark, but a new arrival beat her to it.
  • The sugary flanks of the mountains sit out with startling clarity across the valley.
  • The results, always impertinent and delightful, can be both startling and surprising.
surprising, astonishing, amazing, unexpected, unforeseen, staggering, shocking, stunning;
extraordinary, remarkable, dramatic;
disturbing, unsettling, perturbing, disconcerting, disquieting;
frightening, alarming, scary

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Syllabification: star·tling

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