sudden Definition

  • 1happening or done quickly and unexpectedly
  • 2affecting someone or something without warning

Using sudden: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sudden" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sudden noise made me jump.

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    The sudden change in weather caught us off guard.

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    He died of a sudden heart attack.

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    She had a sudden urge to travel.

sudden Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sudden

Phrases with sudden

  • happening quickly and unexpectedly


    All of a sudden, the lights went out.

  • death that occurs unexpectedly and suddenly


    The athlete suffered a sudden death on the field.

  • an abrupt cessation of movement or activity


    The car came to a sudden stop when it hit the tree.

Origins of sudden

from Middle English 'sodein', from Old French 'soudain', from Latin 'subitaneus', from 'subitus' meaning 'sudden'


Summary: sudden in Brief

The term 'sudden' [ˈsʌdən] refers to something happening or done quickly and unexpectedly, often without warning. It can describe anything from a sudden noise to a sudden change in weather, as in 'The sudden noise made me jump.' 'Sudden' also extends into phrases like 'all of a sudden,' indicating a quick and unexpected event, and 'sudden death,' referring to an unexpected and sudden passing.

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