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sudden

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adjective sud·den \ˈsə-dən\

Simple Definition of sudden

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

Full Definition of sudden

  1. 1a :  happening or coming unexpectedly <a sudden shower>b :  changing angle or character all at once <a sudden drop in the ocean bottom>

  2. 2 :  marked by or manifesting abruptness or haste <a sudden departure>

  3. 3 :  made or brought about in a short time :  prompt

sud·den·ly adverb
sud·den·ness play \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

Synonym Discussion of sudden

precipitate, headlong, abrupt, impetuous, sudden mean showing undue haste or unexpectedness. precipitate stresses lack of due deliberation and implies prematureness of action <the army's precipitate withdrawal>. headlong stresses rashness and lack of forethought <a headlong flight from arrest>. abrupt stresses curtness and a lack of warning or ceremony <an abrupt refusal>. impetuous stresses extreme impatience or impulsiveness <an impetuous lover proposing marriage>. sudden stresses unexpectedness and sharpness or violence of action <flew into a sudden rage>.

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sudden

noun sud·den

Definition of sudden

obsolete

  1. :  an unexpected occurrence :  emergency

all of a sudden also on a sudden
  1. :  sooner than was expected :  at once



1558

First Known Use of sudden

1558




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