Sudden

  • 1 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

  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 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.… …

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  • 4 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

  • 5 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 …

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

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

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

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  • 9 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,… …

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  • 10 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… …

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  • 11 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… …

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  • 12 sudden — suddenly, adv. suddenness, n. /sud n/, adj. 1. happening, coming, made, or done quickly, without warning, or unexpectedly: a sudden attack. 2. occurring without transition from the previous form, state, etc.; abrupt: a sudden turn. 3. impetuous;… …

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  • 13 sudden — sud|den W3S2 [ˈsʌdn] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: sodain, from Latin subitaneus, from subitus sudden , from subire to come up ] 1.) happening, coming, or done quickly or when you do not expect it ▪ a sudden change in the weather ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 sudden — sud|den1 [ sʌdn ] adjective *** happening very quickly and without any sign that it is going to happen: a sudden rise in violent crime She felt a sudden pain in her hip. His departure was very sudden and unexpected. ╾ sud|den|ness noun uncount… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 sudden — [[t]sʌ̱d(ə)n[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Sudden means happening quickly and unexpectedly. He had been deeply affected by the sudden death of his father in law... I hope, the stranger said, that the sudden change of venue did not… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 sudden — adj. & n. adj. occurring or done unexpectedly or without warning; abrupt, hurried, hasty (a sudden storm; a sudden departure). n. archaic a hasty or abrupt occurrence. Phrases and idioms: all of a sudden unexpectedly; hurriedly; suddenly. on a… …

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  • 17 sudden*/*/ — [ˈsʌd(ə)n] adj I happening very quickly and without any sign that it is going to happen a sudden rise in violent crime[/ex] She felt a sudden pain in her hip.[/ex] suddenness noun [U] II noun sudden [ˈsʌd(ə)n] all of a sudden if something happens …

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  • 18 sudden — / sVdn/ adjective 1 happening, coming, or done quickly and unexpectedly: I keep having sudden bouts of dizziness. | a sudden change in temperature | Marry you? Why, George, this is all so sudden! 2 (all) of a sudden suddenly: We were driving… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 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 …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 sudden — I. adjective Etymology: 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 Date: 14th century 1. a. happening or… …

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