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

Other Words from sudden

Adjective

suddenly adverb
suddenness \ ˈsə-​dᵊn-​(n)əs How to pronounce sudden (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective All of a sudden, the story of my very personal experience seemed to click into something much broader, much more universal. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 All of a sudden, in today’s Quincy, there are so many. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2022 All of a sudden, a snow squall came through for like an hour, freezing, 50 miles an hour wind. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2022 It’s not that, all of a sudden, the effort was better or anything like that. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 12 May 2022 All of a sudden, Istanbul had become a Balkan city of lowering skies. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Trevor Jacob’s small airplane soared over California’s Los Padres National Forest in November when, all of a sudden, the propeller stopped spinning. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 However, what happens when everyone inside the organization does everything right, and all of a sudden, someone discovers that they've been hacked? Danny Pehar, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 And all of a sudden, that jerk had become a benefactor. Chris Morris, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Sudden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sudden. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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 O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the 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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