sudden (adj.) Old form(s): sodaine
swift, rapid, prompt
1H6 IV.v.11[Talbot to John Talbot] I'll direct thee how thou shalt escape / By sudden flight
1H6 V.v.99[King to Gloucester] excuse / This sudden execution of my will
AYL V.ii.6[Oliver to Orlando] Neither ... my sudden wooing, nor her sudden consenting
H8 V.iii.20[Gardiner to Councillors, of Cranmer's ideas] Which reformation must be sudden too
Ham I.v.68[Ghost to Hamlet, of the poison] And with a sudden vigour it doth posset
Ham IV.vii.104[Claudius to Laertes, of Hamlet] he could do nothing but ... beg / Your sudden coming o'er to play with you
JC III.i.19[Cassius to Casca] be sudden, for we fear prevention
KJ IV.i.27[Hubert to himself, of Arthur] I will be sudden, and dispatch
SHAKESPEARE'S WORDS © 2020 DAVID CRYSTAL & BEN CRYSTAL