Definition of sudden in English:


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



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


(all) of a sudden

Suddenly: I feel really tired all of a sudden
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /-d(ə)nnɪs/
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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.


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

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