Basic+ Word of the Day: sudden

sudden (adjective) LISTEN

A sudden explosion

Sudden means ‘happening quickly or unexpectedly.’

  • The car made a sudden stop to avoid an accident.
  • The sudden attack by the rebels surprised the army.
  • Greg's sudden change of mood shocked his friends.

Common uses

all of a sudden: without warning. Example: “All of a sudden, it began to rain.”

Related words

suddenly: unexpectedly. Example: “Suddenly, the cat ran after the mouse.”

In pop culture

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