sudden death

noun Sports.

an overtime period in which a tied contest is won and play is stopped immediately after one of the contestants scores, as in football, or goes ahead, as in golf.

Nearby words

  1. sudatory,
  2. sudbury,
  3. sudd,
  4. sudden,
  5. sudden adult death syndrome,
  6. sudden infant death syndrome,
  7. suddenly,
  8. sudeck's atrophy,
  9. sudermann,
  10. sudermann, hermann

Origin of sudden death

First recorded in 1825–35

Related formssud·den-death, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sudden death

sudden death


(in sports, etc) an extra game or contest to decide the winner of a tied competition
an unexpected or quick death
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