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thud

[thuhd] /θʌd/
noun
1.
a dull sound, as of a heavy blow or fall.
2.
a blow causing such a sound.
verb (used without object), thudded, thudding.
3.
to strike or fall with a dull sound of heavy impact.
Origin of thud
1505-1515
1505-15; imitative; compare Middle English thudden, Old English thyddan to strike, press
Related forms
thuddingly, adverb
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  • There was a thud as his fist hit the rickety, squeaking table in the center of the room.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • These words were confirmed by a thud as of a fist striking the kitchen table.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • thud, thud—ta-thud, thud—on they charged at a furious pace directly at us.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • This time the impact was so great the door could not withstand it, and down it came with a thud.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • They fell back, in dismay, the log dropping to the ground with a thud.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
British Dictionary definitions for thud

thud

/θʌd/
noun
1.
a dull heavy sound: the book fell to the ground with a thud
2.
a blow or fall that causes such a sound
verb thuds, thudding, thudded
3.
to make or cause to make such a sound
Word Origin
Old English thyddan to strike; related to thoddettan to beat, perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for thud
v.

Old English þyddan "to strike, thrust," of imitative origin. Sense of "hit with a dull sound" first recorded 1796. The noun is attested from 1510s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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