suddenly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “suddenly” in the English Dictionary

"suddenly" in British English

See all translations

suddenlyadverb

uk   us   /ˈsʌd.ən.li/
B1 quickly and ​unexpectedly: "Do you ​remember much about the ​accident?" "No, it all ​happened so suddenly." I was just ​dozing off when suddenly I ​heard a ​scream from ​outside. I suddenly ​realized what I'd said, but it was too late.
More examples
(Definition of suddenly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suddenly" in American English

See all translations

suddenlyadverb

 us   /ˈsʌd·ən·li/
in a ​sudden way; very ​quickly or unexpectedly: Suddenly, from ​somewhere behind us, a ​loudvoicespoke out. Carpenter suddenly ​feltdizzy.
(Definition of suddenly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “suddenly”
in Arabic فَجأةً…
in Korean 갑자기…
in Portuguese subitamente, de repente…
in Catalan de sobte…
in Japanese 突然に, 急に…
in Chinese (Simplified) 突然, 猛地,骤然…
in Turkish beklenmedik ve hızlı bir şekilde, birden, birdenbire…
in Russian внезапно, вдруг…
in Chinese (Traditional) 突然, 猛地,驟然…
in Italian improvvisamente, di colpo…
in Polish nagle…
What is the pronunciation of suddenly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

conker

the shiny brown poisonous nut of a horse chestnut tree

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More