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

Related Words for thudding

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

Examples from the Web for thudding

Contemporary Examples of thudding

Historical Examples of thudding

  • The thudding of hooves became a mutter and then a rumble and then a growl.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • After the thudding of the bodies had ended the silence became ghastly.

    The End of Time

    Wallace West

  • Again that thudding right and left, right and left, into the stomach.

  • Again the storm of arrows beat upon them clinking and thudding on the armor.

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The thudding of the ax ceased, and they heard Jake returning with the wood.

    The Long Portage

    Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for thudding



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 thudding



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