- 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
Related Words for thuddingbang, 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
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
Historical Examples of thudding
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
Word Origin for thud
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.