browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

suddenlymore about suddenly

suddenly


  2  definitions  found 
 
  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 
  {Subitaneous}.] 
  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.]  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Unexpected;  unusual;  abrupt;  unlooked-for.  -- 
  {Sud"den*ly},  adv  --  {Sud"den*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  suddenly 
  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}] 




more about suddenly