- a dull sound, as of a heavy blow or fall.
- a blow causing such a sound.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for thudding
They taunted us with other sounds too—thudding mortars and screeching rockets.Iraq War 10th Anniversary: The Iraqi Highway Patrolman
John Kael Weston
March 20, 2013
The thudding of hooves became a mutter and then a rumble and then a growl.Pariah Planet
After the thudding of the bodies had ended the silence became ghastly.The End of Time
Again that thudding right and left, right and left, into the stomach.Once to Every Man
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
- a dull heavy soundthe book fell to the ground with a thud
- a blow or fall that causes such a sound
- to make or cause to make such a sound
Old English thyddan to strike; related to thoddettan to beat, perhaps of imitative origin
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