Simple Definition of sudden
: happening, coming, or done very quickly in a way that is usually not expected
Full Definition of sudden
1a : happening or coming unexpectedly <a sudden shower>b : changing angle or character all at once <a sudden drop in the ocean bottom>
2 : marked by or manifesting abruptness or haste <a sudden departure>
3 : made or brought about in a short time : prompt
Examples of sudden in a sentence
a sudden change in temperature
Sudden fame can be difficult to deal with.
She had a sudden urge to be outside.
His death was very sudden.
a sudden turn in the road
I was surprised by her sudden decision to quit.
The director's sudden departure leaves the organization's future uncertain.
Synonym Discussion of sudden
Definition of sudden
: an unexpected occurrence : emergency
: sooner than was expected : at once
First Known Use of sudden
SUDDEN Defined for Kids
Definition of sudden for Students
1 : happening or coming quickly and unexpectedly <… she was startled by a sudden outburst of noise. — Robert C. O'Brien, Rats of NIMH>
2 : met with unexpectedly <We came to a sudden turn in the road.>
3 : hasty 2 <He made a sudden decision.>
: sooner than was expected : suddenly <All of a sudden I saw him.>
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