Synonyms for Startles:

v.

alarms (verb)
alerts, dismays, scares, signals, alarms, shocks, surprises, Panics, frightens.
surprises (verb)
astounds, stuns, takes aback, astonishes, catches unawares, jolts.

Usage examples for startles

  1. Depending upon the scrub and grass to conceal it, you may almost tread upon it before it startles you by its sudden rising with a whirring noise, only to drop to the ground again just a few yards farther away, where it scuds among the underbrush and is lost to sight Tall weeds and fence- rails are as high and exposed situations as it is likely to select while singing. – Bird-Neighbors by Blanchan, Neltje