• IPA: /ˈsʌdən/, [ˈsʌdn̩]


  1. Happening quickly and with little or no warning.
    The sudden drop in temperature left everyone cold and confused.
  2. (obsolete) Hastily prepared or employed; quick; rapid.
  3. (obsolete) Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Adverb


  1. (poetic) Suddenly.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Herbs of every leaf that sudden flowered.

sudden (plural suddens)

  1. (obsolete) An unexpected occurrence; a surprise.

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