Definition of sudden adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsʌdn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌdn//
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  • happening or done quickly and unexpectedly a sudden change Don't make any sudden movements. His death was very sudden. It was only decided yesterday. It's all been very sudden.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French sudein, from an alteration of Latin subitaneus, from subitus ‘sudden’.Idioms quickly and unexpectedly All of a sudden someone grabbed me around the neck.
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