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Meaning of sudden by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English sodain, from Anglo-Norman sodein, from Old French sodain, subdain ( “immediate, sudden” ), from Vulgar Latin *subitānus ( “sudden” ), from Latin subitaneus ( “sudden” ), from subitus ( “sudden", literally, "that which has come stealthily” ), originally the past participle of subire ( “to come or go stealthily” ), from sub ( “under” ) + ire ( “go” ) .


    • IPA: /sʌdn/
    • Rhymes: -ʌdən
    • Hyphenation: sud‧den


    sudden ( comparative more sudden, superlative most sudden )

    1. Happening quickly and with little or no warning, snell .
      The sudden drop in temperature left everyone cold and confused .



    sudden ( comparative more sudden, superlative most sudden )

    1. ( poetic ) Suddenly .


    sudden ( plural: suddens )

    1. ( obsolete ) An unexpected occurrence; a surprise .

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    External links

    • sudden in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • sudden in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • sudden at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of sudden by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. happening without warning or in a short space of time

    2. a sudden storm
      a sudden decision
      a sudden cure

    Definition of sudden by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sudden a. [OE. sodian, sodein, OF. sodain, sudain, F. soudain, L. subitaneus, fr. subitus sudden, that has come unexpectedly, p. p. of subire to come on, to steal upon; sub under, secretly + ire to go. See Issue, and cf. Subitaneous.]
      1. Happening without previous notice or with very brief notice; coming unexpectedly, or without the common preparation; immediate; instant; speedy. “O sudden wo!” Chaucer. “For fear of sudden death.” Shak.

      Sudden fear troubleth thee. Job xxii. 10.

      2. Hastly prepared or employed; quick; rapid.

      Never was such a sudden scholar made. Shak.

      The apples of Asphaltis, appearing goodly to the sudden eye. Milton.

      3. Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate. [Obs.] Shak.

      Syn. -- Unexpected; unusual; abrupt; unlooked-for.

      -- Suddenly, adv. -- Suddenness, n.

    2. Sudden, adv. Suddenly; unexpectedly. [R.]

      Herbs of every leaf that sudden flowered. Milton.

    3. Sudden, n. An unexpected occurrence; a surprise.

      All of a sudden, On a sudden, Of a sudden, sooner than was expected; without the usual preparation; suddenly.

      How art thou lost! how on a sudden lost! Milton.

      He withdrew his opposition all of a sudden. Thackeray.