Definition of sudden in English:

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sudden

Pronunciation: /ˈsədn/

adjective

Occurring or done quickly and unexpectedly or without warning: a sudden bright flash
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  • 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

adverb

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

Derivatives

suddenness

Pronunciation: /ˈsədnˌnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: sud·den

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