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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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  • 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


  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

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.

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