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SUDDENT, adj. Also suddint (Sh. 1891 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 36), suddaint (Sc. 1928 Scots Mag. (July) 273), sudantt (Mry. 1716 A. & H. Tayler 1715 (1936) 286), siddent (Mry. 1927 E. B. Levack Lossiemouth 10), sidden (Abd. 1931 J. H. Hall Holy Man 42). Sc. forms of Eng. sudden (Lnk. 1769 R. Frame Interest Lnk. 56; Ags. 1884 J. S. Cadell Fisher Folk 81, Sh. 1898 “Junda” Klingrahool 51; Dmb. 1899 E. Strang Lass of Lennox 195, Arg. 1917 A. W. Blue Quay Head Tryst 21, Abd. 1958 People's Jnl. (11 Jan.)). Compar. suddenter (Abd. 1912 G. Greig Mains's Wooin 56), superl. suddentest (m.Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 294). Also adv. Adv. suddently (Ags. 1826 A. Balfour Highland Mary I. 65), sudintly (Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden (1922) 94). Phr. wi' a sudden, suddenly, abruptly. [Gen.Sc. Sʌdɪnt] Ags. 1869 E. Johnston Poems 175:
Awa' to the well wi' a sudden.

[O.Sc. sodendely, a.1400, sodand, 1475, with d, t, phs. partly on analogy with pr.p. ending, partly as a back-formation from Suddenty.]

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