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excited by sudden surprise or alarm and making a quick involuntary movement

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I felt that it startled you when you touched it just now.
Mixed with the ape's voice the lion's roars of rage and pain reverberated through the jungle, till the lesser creatures of the wild, startled from their peaceful pursuits, scurried fearfully away.
The day was half spent when there broke unexpectedly upon her startled ears the sound of a rifle shot not far ahead of her.
As Werper stepped back into the trail, he was startled by the sound of a glad cry from above him, and as he wheeled about to discover the author of this unexpected interruption, he saw Jane Clayton drop lightly from a nearby tree and run forward with outstretched hands to congratulate him upon his victory.
I demanded, with an abruptness that in turn startled her.
Lord Dawlish, if he had been able to diagnose correctly the almost paternal attitude which had become his host's normal manner these days, would have been equally embarrassed but less startled, for conscience had already suggested to him from time to time that he had been guilty of a feeling toward Elizabeth warmer than any feeling that should come to an engaged man.
By the light of a street-lamp he saw her startled face, and the instinctive motion she made to detain him.
Saxon had been merely startled at first, but the screaming panic broke her grip on herself and swept her away.
The daughter, Maria, was a good girl - dutiful, pious, dull, but so easily startled that to speak to her was quite a perilous enterprise.
For while the startled mice rushed wildly about the room the Scarecrow had only time to note a whirl of skirts and a twinkling of feet as the girls disappeared from the palace -- pushing and crowding one another in their mad efforts to escape.
The human quality of his voice had startled the gutter-cat, causing her to forgo her spring as she flattened down her ears and bellied closer to the floor.
Approaching the village, he had been startled by seeing the dark gentleman (a total stranger to him) stretched prostrate on the grass at the roadside--so far as he could judge, in a swoon.
A flash of lightning startled the gentlemen when they went to the window to look out: the thunderstorm began.
Had her horse been startled by the passing traffic there is no way she could have kept in control.
Moving down the line of waiting actors, when he got to me he must have been somewhat startled.