[ thuhd ]
/ θʌd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. thrusting,
  2. thrutch,
  3. thruway,
  4. thrymsa,
  5. thucydides,
  6. thug,
  7. thuggee,
  8. thuggery,
  9. thuggish,
  10. thugs

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

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British Dictionary definitions for thudded


/ (θʌd) /


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper