sudden

adjective
sud·​den | \ ˈsə-dᵊn How to pronounce sudden (audio) \

Definition of sudden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sudden

noun

Definition of sudden (Entry 2 of 2)

obsolete
: an unexpected occurrence : emergency
all of a sudden or less commonly on a sudden
: sooner than was expected : at once

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Adjective

suddenly adverb
suddenness \ ˈsə-​dᵊn-​(n)əs How to pronounce suddenness (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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

Examples of sudden in a Sentence

Adjective 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The sudden, jarring success granted to Duran Duran was hard on the five young men. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why Duran Duran Split up After the Live Aid Concert in 1985," 28 Dec. 2019 But all of a sudden, this older lady is sitting there (by the pool) with her husband, staring at us the whole time. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "There's no defending Jeremy Roenick's inappropriate and demeaning comments," 24 Dec. 2019 The nurse had been a godsend, able to effortlessly steer her mother to a place that somehow felt stable and secure, even amid her sudden spiral. Greg Borowski, jsonline.com, "The Christmas Boxes: A story about love and loss, mothers and daughters," 20 Dec. 2019 And the sudden virality of the videos signalled a much larger hunger for dadis on TikTok in India. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Can’t make your video go viral on TikTok? Maybe your grandma can help," 19 Dec. 2019 Around half of these are wild; the other 400 or so are captive, and the nation’s conservation plan hinges on releasing them into the wild—a strategy imperiled by sudden demand from wealthier countries. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 Some of the 2018 Annual Report’s findings included: The three leading causes of accidental and sudden, unexpected deaths —accounting for 88% of all accidental deaths — were drugs, falls and being killed in or by vehicles. Ramona Sentinel, "Medical Examiner: Drugs, falls, cars, suicides lead death investigations," 30 Sep. 2019 To customers who trusted the company to hold on to their music, the closure felt sudden. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Music storage startup Murfie shut down and customers have to pay to get their CDs back," 19 Dec. 2019 The big picture is that there is a common culprit behind the sudden dysfunction in September and the prospect of further turmoil at the end of the year. The Economist, "Free exchange Despite the Fed’s efforts, the repo market risks more turbulence," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sudden

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1558, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sudden

Adjective

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 entry 1

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The first known use of sudden was in the 14th century

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7 Jan 2020

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“Sudden.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sudden. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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sudden

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of sudden

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

sudden

adjective
sud·​den | \ ˈsə-dᵊn How to pronounce sudden (audio) \

Kids Definition of sudden

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 sense 2 He made a sudden decision.
all of a sudden
: sooner than was expected : suddenly All of a sudden I saw him.

Other Words from sudden

suddenly adverb
suddenness noun

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