Definition of sudden in English:

sudden

Line breaks: sud¦den
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌd(ə)n
 
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adjective

Occurring or done quickly and unexpectedly or without warning: a sudden bright flash
More example sentences
  • To a schoolboy like myself at the time, they were a sudden flash of lightning that lit a dark landscape.
  • Antipsychotic drugs should also be considered in unexplained sudden deaths in psychotic patients.
  • However, it was a sudden dip in the dollar's value that spurred speculative activity.
Synonyms
unexpected, unforeseen, unanticipated, unlooked-for, without warning, without notice, not bargained for;
immediate, instantaneous, instant, precipitous, precipitate, abrupt, rapid, swift, lightning, quick, hurried, sharp, without delay

adverb

literary or informal Back to top  
Suddenly: sudden there swooped an eagle downward
More example sentences
  • Susie stayed on in the little place they had till she died very sudden.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French sudein, from an alteration of Latin subitaneus, from subitus 'sudden'.

Phrases

(all) of a sudden

Suddenly: I feel really tired all of a sudden
More example sentences
  • All of a sudden, he's being asked to dinner by leading writers and noblemen.
  • All of a sudden, the normal drone of the training room was shattered by peals of laughter!
  • All of a sudden, you're face to face with a black, hairy spider the size of a beach ball.

on a sudden

archaic way of saying all of a sudden.

Derivatives

suddenness

Pronunciation: /-d(ə)nnɪs/
noun
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  • With his separation ability, suddenness and speed, Winslow consistently gets open.
  • We moved briskly along at the edge of Sloan's Lake, when Fred stopped short with such suddenness that he fairly yanked my arm out of the socket.
  • After a few years, when all the richest mining claims had been staked, this small city imploded with equal suddenness, turning almost into a ghost town.

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