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  1. a dull sound, as of a heavy blow or fall.
  2. a blow causing such a sound.
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verb (used without object), thud·ded, thud·ding.
  1. to strike or fall with a dull sound of heavy impact.
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Origin of thud

1505–15; imitative; compare Middle English thudden, Old English thyddan to strike, press
Related formsthud·ding·ly, adverb
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Related Words for thud

bang, thump, pound, wallop, pulse, rap, hammer, blow, poke, plop, clunk, throb, strike, whack, hit, beat, smack, slap, fall, flutter

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Contemporary Examples of thud

Historical Examples of thud

  • There was a thud as his fist hit the rickety, squeaking table in the center of the room.

  • 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


  1. a dull heavy soundthe book fell to the ground with a thud
  2. a blow or fall that causes such a sound
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verb thuds, thudding or thudded
  1. to make or cause to make such a sound
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Word Origin for thud

Old English thyddan to strike; related to thoddettan to beat, perhaps of imitative origin
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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.

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