Word family noun suddenness adjective sudden adverb suddenly
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsuddensud‧den /ˈsʌdn/ ●●● S2 W3 adjective 1 SUDDENLYhappening, coming, or done quickly or when you do not expect it a sudden change in the weather Life is cruel, she thought, with a sudden rush of anger. a sudden movement Her death was sudden.2 all of a suddensuddenness noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpus
suddenRebecca's decision to leave was very sudden.The development is as sudden as it is dramatic.A sudden boom followed in its wake, a new parachute flare splitting the night sky - a red target flare.Depression is sometimes brought on by a sudden change in your life.There's been a sudden change of plans.However, this kind of relatively sudden decline in levels of satisfaction is not necessarily permanent.It was as she turned to swim back that she felt the sudden grip of a pain across her back.All of a sudden I know two things: why they were on the same brain cell, and how psychiatry works.It can even be converted into sudden laughter, when one realizes how absurd the pretence is.Don't make any sudden moves around the animals.Then came the sudden peso devaluation that December, and Jimenez pulled out $ 70 million more.I felt a sudden sharp pain in my stomach.Why the sudden shift in sentiment?sudden changeGradual changes are much less traumatic than sudden changes.But a sudden change came over the spirit of his dreams.She provides her own examples of sudden changes in behaviour, some of which are very close to Pope's characters.Apple also said that selected Power Mac and Performa models are hampered by system freezes and sudden changes in colors.Depression is sometimes brought on by a sudden change in one's life, such as coming into a Home.A sudden change in water temperature can also be lethal.Why this sudden change should have come about we do not know.
Origin sudden (1200-1300) Old French sodain, from Latin subitaneus, from subitus sudden, from subire to come up