Definition of startling in English:


Syllabification: star·tling
Pronunciation: /ˈstärdliNG


Very surprising, astonishing, or remarkable: he bore a startling likeness to their father she had startling blue eyes
More example sentences
  • 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



[as submodifier]: a startlingly good memory
More example sentences
  • The weather was wonderful and the air conditioning startlingly efficient (bordering on a bit chilly).
  • This became startlingly apparent the following Friday night - exactly a week after I'd dropped the bombshell.
  • And major efforts by dedicated producer-directors can result in startlingly impressive results.

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