Sudden definitions

sŭd'n
Happening without warning; unforeseen.

A sudden storm.

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Happening or done without delay; hasty or immediate.

A sudden decision.

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Characterized by sharp change in elevation; precipitous.

A sudden drop in the ocean floor.

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Done, coming, or taking place quickly or abruptly; hasty.
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The definition of sudden is not expected, or happening without warning.

An example of sudden used as an adjective is in the phrase "sudden thunderstorm," which means a thunderstorm that happened with little to no warning.

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Happening quickly and with little or no warning.

The sudden drop in temperature left everyone cold and confused.

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Milton.

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

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Happening or coming unexpectedly; not foreseen or prepared for.

A sudden storm came up.

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Sharp or abrupt.

A sudden turn in the road.

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(poetic) Suddenly.
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(obsolete) An unexpected occurrence; a surprise.
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Origin of sudden

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").