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Definition of startled:

  1. Caused to start; surprised.


panic-stricken, (with) your heart in your mouth, surprised.

Usage examples:

  • She was greatly startled.

    - "The Woman With The Fan", Robert Hichens.
  • He was startled a little.

    - "A Prisoner in Fairyland", Algernon Blackwood.
  • " No," said Alice, rather startled.

    - "Can You Forgive Her?", Anthony Trollope.