- 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
Related Words for thudbang, thump, pound, wallop, pulse, rap, hammer, blow, poke, plop, clunk, throb, strike, whack, hit, beat, smack, slap, fall, flutter
Examples from the Web for thud
Contemporary Examples of thud
The guns raised in unison, the sighting of the game, the rounds of shots, the thud as a prey is felled, and then the silence.The Final Shoot: How an English Country Novel Set in 1913 Explains 2013
November 30, 2013
Obviously, if it were just Democrats, the Republicans would have had the votes to pass the THUD bill.Landing With a THUD
August 1, 2013
You could hear the clicking in the back and when you opened it, it had a thud to it.RIP, Lever Voting Machines: Where Did Old Booths Go?
November 10, 2012
Most landed with a thud, but some did well enough to eke out another contract.Author to Bestsellers: Drop Dead
September 19, 2011
And the higher the perch from which someone falls, the bigger the thud he makes when he splatters on the concrete of reality.Trust Me, Dominique, Don't Run
May 18, 2011
Historical Examples of thud
There was a thud as his fist hit the rickety, squeaking table in the center of the room.Way of the Lawless
These words were confirmed by a thud as of a fist striking the kitchen table.The Secret Agent
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.
They fell back, in dismay, the log dropping to the ground with a thud.
- 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
Word Origin for thud
Word Origin and History for thud
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.