Meaning of sudden


Anything sudden is abrupt, quick, or unexpected. A sudden rain shower during your picnic is disappointing, while a sudden drop-off in the road ahead can be dangerous if you’re on your skateboard.

The stock market might take a sudden dive, panicking investors, or your favorite TV show could make a sudden change in plot, confusing you for a couple of episodes. Sudden has been used as an adjective since the 15th century, and it was once a noun, too, meaning “that which is sudden.” Today the noun form is obsolete, except in the phrase “all of a sudden.”

Definitions of sudden
  1. adjective

    happening without warning or in a short space of time

    sudden storm”
    sudden decision”
    sudden cure”


    acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly

    exceedingly sudden and unexpected
    choppy, jerky

    marked by abrupt transitions

    occurring unexpectedly and requiring urgent action

    sudden and loud

    sudden and severe

    very sudden and in great amount or degree
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    proceeding in small stages

    not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time
    bit-by-bit, in small stages, piecemeal, step-by-step, stepwise

    one thing at a time
    gradational, gradatory, graduated

    taking place by degrees
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