American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Happening without warning; unforeseen: a sudden storm.
- adj. Characterized by hastiness; abrupt or rash: a sudden decision. See Synonyms at impetuous.
- adj. Characterized by rapidity; quick and swift.
- idiom. all of a sudden Very quickly and unexpectedly; suddenly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Happening without notice, instantly and unexpectedly; immediate; instant.
- Found or hit upon unexpectedly.
- Hastily made, put in use, employed, prepared, etc.; quick; rapid.
- Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate; passionate.
- In zoology, abrupt; sharply defined from neighboring parts: as, a sudden antennal club; a sudden truncation. Synonyms Unexpected, unanticipated, unlooked-for, abrupt.
- n. That which is sudden; a surprise; an unexpected occurrence.
- Suddenly; unexpectedly.
- adj. Happening quickly and with little or no warning, snell.
- adv. poetic Suddenly.
- n. obsolete An unexpected occurrence; a surprise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Happening without previous notice or with very brief notice; coming unexpectedly, or without the common preparation; immediate; instant; speedy.
- adj. Hastly prepared or employed; quick; rapid.
- adj. obsolete Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate.
- adv. rare Suddenly; unexpectedly.
- n. An unexpected occurrence; a surprise.
- adj. happening without warning or in a short space of time
- From Middle English sodain, from Anglo-Norman sodein, from Old French sodain, subdain ("immediate, sudden"), from Vulgar Latin *subitānus ("sudden"), from Latin subitaneus ("sudden"), from subitus ("sudden", literally, "that which has come stealthily"), originally the past participle of subire ("to come or go stealthily"), from sub ("under") + ire ("go"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sodain, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *subitānus, from Latin subitāneus, from subitus, from past participle of subīre, to approach stealthily : sub-, secretly; see sub- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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