sudden

/ˈsʌdn / (say 'sudn)

adjective
1. happening, coming, made, or done quickly, without warning or unexpectedly: a sudden attack.
2. sharp; abrupt: a sudden turn.
3. Originally World War I Colloquial outrageous in one's behaviour or one's treatment of others.
4. swift and efficient so as to appear brutal: *Grant had never seen anything quite so sudden. In one moment the kangaroos had been quite respectable corpses; in the next they were horrible bits of animals trailing their insides. –kenneth cook, 1961.
5. Obsolete unpremeditated, as actions.
6. Obsolete quickly made, prepared, provided, etc.
adverb
7. Poetic suddenly.
phrase
8. all of a sudden, suddenly; without warning; quite unexpectedly.
9. on a sudden, Obsolete unexpectedly; suddenly.
{Middle English soden, from Anglo-French sodein, from Latin subitāneus}
suddenly, adverb
suddenness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Sudden — Sud den, 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sudden — [sud′ n] adj. [ME sodain < OFr < VL * subitanus, for L subitaneus, sudden, extended < subitus, pp. of subire, to approach, go stealthily < sub , under + ire, to go or come: see YEAR] 1. a) happening or coming unexpectedly; not… …   English World dictionary

  • Sudden — Sud den, n. An unexpected occurrence; a surprise. [1913 Webster] {All of a sudden}, {On a sudden}, {Of a sudden}, sooner than was expected; without the usual preparation; suddenly. [1913 Webster] How art thou lost! how on a sudden lost! Milton.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sudden — late 13c., perhaps via Anglo Fr. sodein, from O.Fr. subdain immediate, sudden, from V.L. *subitanus, variant of L. subitaneus sudden, from subitus come or go up stealthily, from sub up to + ire come, go. Phrase all of a sudden first attested… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sudden — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ occurring or done quickly and unexpectedly. ● (all) of a sudden Cf. ↑of a sudden DERIVATIVES suddenness noun. ORIGIN Old French sudein, from Latin subitus …   English terms dictionary

  • Sudden — Sud den, adv. Suddenly; unexpectedly. [R.] [1913 Webster] Herbs of every leaf that sudden flowered. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sudden — index brief, immediate (at once), impulsive (rash), precipitate, spontaneous, summary, unanticipated …   Law dictionary

  • sudden — *hasty, *precipitate, headlong, abrupt, impetuous Analogous words: quickened, hurried, speeded, accelerated (see SPEED vb): *fast, rapid, swift, fleet, expeditious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sudden — [adj] unexpected; happening quickly abrupt, accelerated, acute, expeditious, fast, flash, fleet, hasty, headlong, hurried, immediate, impetuous, impromptu, impulsive, out of the blue*, precipitant, precipitate, precipitous, quick, quickened,… …   New thesaurus

  • Sudden — Nikki Sudden (geboren als Adrian Nicholas Godfrey) (* 19. Juli 1956 in London; † 26. März 2006 in New York City) war ein englischer Musiker, Sänger, Gitarrist, Produzent und Singer Songwriter. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben und Werk 2 Stellenwert in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sudden — James Green aka Sudden is a fictional character created by the author Oliver Strange and after his death carried on by Frederick H. Christian. The books are centred around a gunfighter in the American Wild West era, who is in search of two men… …   Wikipedia

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