Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “suddenly”

See all translations

suddenly

adverb uk   /ˈsʌd.ən.li/ us  
B1 quickly and unexpectedly: "Do you remember much about the accident?" "No, it all happened so suddenly." I was just dozing off to sleep when suddenly I heard a scream from outside. I suddenly realized what I'd said, but it was too late.
More examples
Translations of “suddenly”
in Korean 갑자기…
in Arabic فَجأةً…
in Portuguese subitamente, de repente…
in Catalan de sobte…
in Japanese 突然に, 急に…
in Italian improvvisamente, di colpo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 突然, 猛地,驟然…
in Russian внезапно, вдруг…
in Turkish beklenmedik ve hızlı bir şekilde, birden, birdenbire…
in Chinese (Simplified) 突然, 猛地,骤然…
in Polish nagle…
(Definition of suddenly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of suddenly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “suddenly” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

make believe

believing or imagining things that appear to be attractive or exciting, but are not real

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More