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Meaning of SUDDEN

Pronunciation:  'sudun

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  happening without warning or in a short space of time; "a sudden storm"; "a sudden decision"; "a sudden cure"

SUDDEN is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: abrupt, explosive, fulminant, sharp, unexpected, unforeseen
 Antonyms: gradual
 See Also: fast



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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.
    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. --
         {Sud"den*ly}, adv. -- {Sud"den*ness}, n.
  2. \Sud"den\, adv.
    Suddenly; unexpectedly. [R.]
          Herbs of every leaf that sudden flowered. --Milton.
  3. \Sud"den\, 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.