Definition of suddenly in English:

suddenly

adverb

  • Quickly and unexpectedly.

    ‘the ambassador died suddenly’
    [sentence adverb] ‘suddenly I heard a loud scream’
    • ‘I had just got a cup of coffee and was standing in the aisle of the bus when it braked very suddenly.’
    • ‘It suddenly reminded me of being at my grandad's in Scotland when he used to keep sheep.’
    • ‘We were sitting outside a bar when suddenly the heavens opened and it just began to pour down.’
    • ‘I had finished dinner and was about to give up hope when suddenly he was standing there.’
    • ‘I found this in the archives and was suddenly very very interested in what she had to say.’
    • ‘It suddenly struck me as to how different everything looked from that point of view.’
    • ‘It was a time of relative calm in the Balkans, and Belgrade was suddenly a lively city.’
    • ‘It is an illness which can just hit you out of nowhere and suddenly your energy is gone.’
    • ‘Friends of a young mother who died suddenly are gearing up to raise cash for her son.’
    • ‘Against the odds, he calls up suddenly and agrees to meet us in a bar to discuss the show.’
    • ‘The animal promptly followed her into the road and a car had to brake suddenly to avoid it.’
    • ‘He can be sitting there quite happily, and then suddenly leap up and hit his dad for no reason.’
    • ‘At this stage it looked like the goals were just going to continue but the game suddenly changed.’
    • ‘What we see is a girl who suddenly grasps the point of taking control and finds it liberating.’
    • ‘Auden spent much of the last years of his life in Oxford, and died suddenly in Vienna.’
    • ‘We needed to warm up, and I suddenly realised how we could end up our day out with a bit of fun in the sun.’
    • ‘He was looking better than he had in a long time, so it was a terrible shock that he died so suddenly.’
    • ‘He is a flawed, insecure character who seems suddenly to fear being left on his own.’
    • ‘I recall that a teacher was standing in front of me when suddenly there was a big thud.’
    • ‘He knew how to get a horse ready for the track but suddenly he was responsible for everything.’
    immediately, instantaneously, instantly, in an instant, straight away, all of a sudden, at once, all at once, promptly, abruptly, in a trice, swiftly
    unexpectedly, without warning, without notice, on the spur of the moment
    straight off, out of the blue, in a flash, like a shot, before you can say jack robinson, before you can say knife
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Pronunciation:

suddenly

/ˈsədnlē/