Hypertext Webster Gateway: "suddenly"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Sudden \Sud"den\, a. [OE. sodian, sodein, OF. sodain, sudain, F.
soudain, L. subitaneus, fr. subitus sudden, that has come
unexpectedly, p. p. of subire to come on, to steal upon; sub
under, secretly + ire to go. See {Issue}, and cf.
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.

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.] --Shak.

Syn: Unexpected; unusual; abrupt; unlooked-for. --
{Sud"den*ly}, adv. -- {Sud"den*ness}, n.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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}]

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