Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
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.
The apples of Asphaltis, appearing goodly to the sudden eye.
3. Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate. [Obs.]
Syn. -- Unexpected; unusual; abrupt; unlooked-for.
-- Sud"den*ly, adv. -- Sud"den*ness, n.
Sud"den, adv. Suddenly; unexpectedly. [R.]
Herbs of every leaf that sudden flowered.
Sud"den, n. An unexpected occurrence; a surprise.
All of a sudden, On a sudden, Of a sudden, sooner than was expected; without the usual preparation; suddenly.
How art thou lost! how on a sudden lost!
He withdrew his opposition all of a sudden.