- a dull sound, as of a heavy blow or fall.
- a blow causing such a sound.
- to strike or fall with a dull sound of heavy impact.
Origin of thud
1505–15; imitative; compare Middle English thudden, Old English thyddan to strike, press
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Examples from the Web for thudded
They thudded against the heads of the great monsters like hailstones.
The rebound tore it from its amazed owner's hand, and it thudded to the ground.Millennium
Everett B. Cole
The bullets spattered in the water and thudded on the beach.Jim Spurling, Fisherman
Albert Walter Tolman
Gourlay thudded on the fender, his brow crashing on the rim.The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown
It was heavy, and it thudded and smacked across the old man's face and chest.The Mating of the Moons
- a dull heavy soundthe book fell to the ground with a thud
- a blow or fall that causes such a sound
- to make or cause to make such a sound
Old English thyddan to strike; related to thoddettan to beat, perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for thudded
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.
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