happening, coming, made, or done quickly, without warning, or unexpectedly:
a sudden attack.
occurring without transition from the previous form, state, etc.; abrupt:
a sudden turn.
Archaic. quickly made or provided.
Obsolete. an unexpected occasion or occurrence.
all of a sudden, without warning; unexpectedly; suddenly.
Also, on a sudden.
occurring or performed quickly and without warning
marked by haste; abrupt
(rare) rash; precipitate
(archaic) an abrupt occurrence or the occasion of such an occurrence (in the phrase on a sudden)
all of a sudden, without warning; unexpectedly
(mainly poetic) without warning; suddenly
late 13c., perhaps via Anglo-French sodein, from Old French subdain “immediate, sudden,” from Vulgar Latin *subitanus, variant of Latin subitaneus “sudden,” from subitus “come or go up stealthily,” from sub “up to” + ire “come, go.” Phrase all of a sudden first attested 1680s, earlier of a sudayn (1590s), upon the soden (1550s). Sudden death, tie-breakers in sports, first recorded 1927; earlier in reference to coin tosses (1834).
see: all of a sudden
- All of the above
Also, none of the above. Each one (not any) of the above-named alternatives. For example, Have you decided to quit and announced your decision, or do you want to find another job first?—None of the above. These phrases originated as answers to a multiple-choice question on a test but are now also used colloquially, often […]
- All on
the cry uttered by a whipper-in to signify that all the hounds are accounted for.
at one time in the past; formerly: I was a farmer once; a once powerful nation. a single time: We ate there just once. We go to a movie once a week. even a single time; at any time; ever: If the facts once become known, it will be just too bad. by a single […]
- All one
see: all the same , def. 1.