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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 thudded

bang, beat, blow, clout, clump, fall, flutter, hammer, hit, knock, poke, pound, pulse, rap, slap, smack, strike, throb, thwack, wallop

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Historical Examples of thudded

  • They thudded against the heads of the great monsters like hailstones.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930


  • The rebound tore it from its amazed owner's hand, and it thudded to the ground.


    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.

  • It was heavy, and it thudded and smacked across the old man's face and chest.

British Dictionary definitions for thudded


  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 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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