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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suddenly, all of a sudden, of a suddenadverb

    happening unexpectedly

    "suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her side"

  2. abruptly, suddenly, short, deadadverb

    quickly and without warning

    "he stopped suddenly"

  3. on the spur of the moment, suddenlyadverb

    on impulse; without premeditation

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


  1. suddenlyadverb

    Happening quickly and with little or no warning; in a sudden manner.

    Suddenly, the heavens opened and we all got drenched.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Suddenlyadverb

    In an unexpected manner; without preparation; hastily.

    Etymology: from sudden.

    You shall find three of your Argosies
    Are richly come to harbour suddenly. William Shakespeare.

    If thou can’st accuse,
    Do it without invention suddenly. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    If elision of the air made the sound, the touch of the bell or string could not extinguish so suddenly that motion. Francis Bacon.

    To the pale foes they suddenly draw near,
    And summon them to unexpected fight. Dryden.

    She struck the warlike spear into the ground,
    Which sprouting leaves did suddenly enclose,
    And peaceful olives shaded as they rose. Dryden.


  1. Suddenly

    "Suddenly" is a single from Ashley Tisdale's debut album Headstrong, the song was released in Germany on May 2, 2008, as her third single there. The song was not released in the United States, and was her debut album's final single.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Suddenly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #814

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Suddenly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1471

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Suddenly' in Adverbs Frequency: #91

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Suddenly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Suddenly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Suddenly in a Sentence

  1. Joel Kim Booster:

    There's a universality to how Jane Austen depicts class struggles, especially in a place like Fire Island, where suddenly there are no straight people around to oppress us and we have to find ways to oppress one another, we recreate the artificial class systems and other hierarchies that exist in the rest of the world but are just magnified and felt so much more viscerally in a place where it's only gay people.

  2. Jack Wisdom:

    Just like a butterfly's chrysalis, this satellite was long dormant and suddenly became active, and the rings emerged.

  3. President Obama:

    I would strongly advise American consumers to continue to think about how you save money at the pump because it is good for the environment, it’s good for family pocketbooks and if you go back to old habits and suddenly gas is back at $ 3.50, you are going to not be real happy.

  4. Hank Green:

    I think a lot about the printing press, we suddenly had the ability for people who disagreed with … the Catholic Church to take it on and say, ‘ I think that you’re doing it wrong, and we’re going to share that information. We’re going to be better at it than you, and we’re going to be more nimble than you. ’ Redwan Farooq How lab-grown meat could help the planet and our health.

  5. Sanita Belgrave:

    And suddenly you can’t sleep, because your heart trusts your vision more than you.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. denudate
    • B. abash
    • C. loom
    • D. efface

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