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 Dictionary entry overview: What does suddenly mean? 

SUDDENLY (adverb)
  The adverb SUDDENLY has 3 senses:

1. happening unexpectedly
2. quickly and without warning
3. on impulse; without premeditation

  Familiarity information: SUDDENLY used as an adverb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SUDDENLY (adverb)

Sense 1suddenly [BACK TO TOP]


Happening unexpectedly


of a sudden; suddenly; all of a sudden

Context example:

suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her side

Sense 2suddenly [BACK TO TOP]


Quickly and without warning


abruptly; dead; short; suddenly

Context example:

he stopped suddenly


sudden (happening without warning or in a short space of time)

Sense 3suddenly [BACK TO TOP]


On impulse; without premeditation


on the spur of the moment; suddenly

Context examples:

he decided to go to Chicago on the spur of the moment / he made up his mind suddenly

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