Sudden
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. 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. [1913 Webster]

Sudden fear troubleth thee. --Job xxii. 10. [1913 Webster]

2. Hastly prepared or employed; quick; rapid. [1913 Webster]

Never was such a sudden scholar made. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The apples of Asphaltis, appearing goodly to the sudden eye. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Unexpected; unusual; abrupt; unlooked-for. [1913 Webster] -- {Sud"den*ly}, adv. -- {Sud"den*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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

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