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ADVERB (3)

1. happening unexpectedly;
- Example: "suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her side"
[syn: suddenly, all of a sudden, of a sudden]

2. quickly and without warning;
- Example: "he stopped suddenly"
[syn: abruptly, suddenly, short, dead]

3. on impulse; without premeditation;
- Example: "he decided to go to Chicago on the spur of the moment"
- Example: "he made up his mind suddenly"
[syn: on the spur of the moment, suddenly]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Sudden fear troubleth thee. --Job xxii. 10. [1913 Webster] 2. Hastly prepared or employed; quick; rapid. [1913 Webster] Never was such a sudden scholar made. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The apples of Asphaltis, appearing goodly to the sudden eye. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Unexpected; unusual; abrupt; unlooked-for. [1913 Webster] -- Sud"den*ly, adv. -- Sud"den*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

suddenly adv 1: happening unexpectedly; "suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her side" [syn: suddenly, all of a sudden, of a sudden] 2: quickly and without warning; "he stopped suddenly" [syn: abruptly, suddenly, 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, suddenly]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

58 Moby Thesaurus words for "suddenly": a corps perdu, aback, abruptly, all at once, bang, by surprise, dash, feverishly, fleetingly, forthwith, hastily, head over heels, headfirst, headforemost, headlong, heels over head, hurriedly, impetuously, implausibly, improbably, impulsively, in a trice, instantaneously, instantly, like a flash, like a thunderbolt, momentarily, of a sudden, on short notice, plop, plump, plunk, pop, precipitantly, precipitately, precipitously, quickly, rapidly, rashly, recklessly, sharp, short, slap, slap-bang, smack, speedily, startlingly, sudden, surprisingly, swiftly, unanticipatedly, unaware, unawares, unexpectedly, unforeseeably, unpredictably, without notice, without warning