- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈstɑɹ.tl̩.ɪŋ/, /ˈstɑɹt.lɪŋ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈstɑː.tl̩.ɪŋ/, /ˈstɑːt.lɪŋ/
- Hyphenation: start‧ling
- present participle and gerund of startle
startling (comparative more startling, superlative most startling)
- Likely to startle; surprising; shocking.
- 2011 September 27, Alistair Magowan, “Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Man City”, in BBC Sport:
- That startling admission capped a miserable night for City as they arrived in Germany following an unbeaten start to the season.
- Synonym: alarming
likely to startle
startling (plural startlings)
- A startle; a sudden motion or shock.
- 1853, The Scottish Review:
- Soon the formications and muscular debility returned, not alone, but accompanied with painful cramps and startlings in the feet and calves of the legs.