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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sud·den a.
 1. Happening without previous notice or with very brief notice; coming unexpectedly, or without the common preparation; immediate; instant; speedy. “O sudden wo!” --Chaucer. “For fear of sudden death.” --Shak.
    Sudden fear troubleth thee.   --Job xxii. 10.
 2. Hastly prepared or employed; quick; rapid.
    Never was such a sudden scholar made.   --Shak.
    The apples of Asphaltis, appearing goodly to the sudden eye.   --Milton.
 3. Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate. [Obs.]
 Syn: -- Unexpected; unusual; abrupt; unlooked-for.
 -- Sud*den*ly, adv. -- Sud*den*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv 1: happening unexpectedly; "suddenly she felt a sharp pain in
             her side" [syn: all of a sudden, of a sudden]
      2: quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly" [syn: abruptly,
          short, dead]
      3: on impulse; without premeditation; "he decided to go to
         Chicago on the spur of the moment"; "he made up his mind
         suddenly" [syn: on the spur of the moment]