a dull sound, as of a heavy blow or fall.
a blow causing such a sound.

verb (used without object), thud·ded, thud·ding.

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
Related formsthud·ding·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thud

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

  • They fell back, in dismay, the log dropping to the ground with a thud.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for thud



a dull heavy soundthe book fell to the ground with a thud
a blow or fall that causes such a sound

verb thuds, thudding or thudded

to make or cause to make such a sound

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper