adjective \ˈsə-dən\

: happening, coming, or done very quickly in a way that is usually not expected

Full Definition of SUDDEN

a :  happening or coming unexpectedly <a sudden shower>
b :  changing angle or character all at once <a sudden drop in the ocean bottom>
:  marked by or manifesting abruptness or haste <a sudden departure>
:  made or brought about in a short time :  prompt
sud·den·ly adverb
sud·den·ness \ˈsə-dən-(n)əs\ noun

Examples of SUDDEN

  1. a sudden change in temperature
  2. Sudden fame can be difficult to deal with.
  3. She had a sudden urge to be outside.
  4. His death was very sudden.
  5. a sudden turn in the road
  6. I was surprised by her sudden decision to quit.
  7. The director's sudden departure leaves the organization's future uncertain.

Origin of SUDDEN

Middle English sodain, from Anglo-French sudain, from Latin subitaneus, from subitus sudden, from past participle of subire to come up, from sub- up + ire to go — more at sub-, issue
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of SUDDEN

:  an unexpected occurrence :  emergency
all of a sudden also on a sudden
:  sooner than was expected :  at once

First Known Use of SUDDEN



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