- IPA: /ˈsʌdən/, [ˈsʌdn̩]
- Happening quickly and with little or no warning.
- The sudden drop in temperature left everyone cold and confused.
- (obsolete) Hastily prepared or employed; quick; rapid.
- (obsolete) Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate.
- (happening quickly) abrupt, precipitous, subitaneous; see also Thesaurus:sudden
- (hasty, rash) hotheaded, impetuous, impulsive; see also Thesaurus:reckless
- French: soudain, soudaine, subit
- German: plötzlich, jäh
- Italian: improvviso, improvvisa
- Portuguese: repentino, repentina, súbito
- Russian: неожи́данный
- Spanish: repentino, súbito
- (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)
- (obsolete) An unexpected occurrence; a surprise.