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suddenly

adverb

1 suddenly

Happening unexpectedly:
— Suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her side.

synonyms: all of a sudden, of a sudden.



2 suddenly

Quickly and without warning:
— He stopped suddenly.

synonyms: abruptly, dead, short.

Roget 508: abruptly, unexpectedly, surprisingly; plump, pop, a l'improviste [Fr.], unawares; without notice, without warning, without a 'by your leave';" like a thief in the night, like a thunderbolt; in an unguarded moment; ... show more

3 suddenly

On impulse; without premeditation:
— He made up his mind suddenly.

synonym: on the spur of the moment.

Roget 113: instantaneously etc. adj.; in no time, in less than no time; presto, subito, instanter, suddenly, at a stroke, like a shot; in a moment etc. n.. ... show more

Roget 132: early, soon, anon, betimes, rath; eft, eftsoons; ere long, before long, shortly; beforehand; prematurely etc. adj.; ... show more


Moby thesaurus: a corps perdu, aback, abruptly, all at once, bang, by surprise, dash, feverishly, fleetingly, forthwith, hastily, head over heels, headfirst, headforemost, headlong, heels over head, hurriedly, impetuously, implausibly, improbably ... show more.

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