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.
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,
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]