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  1. present participle of startle

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startling (comparative more startling, superlative most startling)

  1. Likely to startle; surprising; shocking. quotations ▼
    • 2011 September 27, Alistair Magowan, “Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Man City”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      That startling admission capped a miserable night for City as they arrived in Germany following an unbeaten start to the season.
    Synonym: alarming

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startling (plural startlings)

  1. A startle; a sudden motion or shock. quotations ▼
    • 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.