Synonyms for startle

Synonyms for (noun) startle

Synonyms: start, startle, jump

Definition: a sudden involuntary movement

Usage: he awoke with a start

Similar words: unconditioned reflex, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response

Definition: an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

Synonyms for (verb) startle

Synonyms: startle, galvanise, galvanize

Definition: to stimulate to action

Usage: ..startled him awake; galvanized into action

Similar words: blow out of the water, ball over, shock, floor, take aback

Definition: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off

Usage: I was floored when I heard that I was promoted


Synonyms: jump, start, startle

Definition: move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm

Usage: She startled when I walked into the room

Similar words: move

Definition: move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

Usage: He moved his hand slightly to the right