Definition of thud in English:

thud

noun

  • A dull, heavy sound, such as that made by an object falling to the ground.

    ‘he hit the floor with a terrific thud’
    • ‘We lads were all laughing and joking when there was a series of terrific thuds and the shelter rocked.’
    • ‘A little later we hear two dull thuds echoing across the valley as one of the Apaches fires its missiles.’
    • ‘She threw her bag across the room and the dull thud assured her it had hit the floor somewhere close to the wall.’
    • ‘He and the coffee table hit the ground with a loud thud and the sound for breaking wood.’
    • ‘The elevator slammed into the ground with a dull thud, and the doors screeched open.’
    • ‘I heard hard thuds as bricks and mortar fell to the ground.’
    • ‘He told how he was with a friend when they heard the plane's engine revving, then a dull thud.’
    • ‘They awoke from a short nap and upon hearing dull thuds, attributed the noise to a nearby naval gunnery range.’
    • ‘Rowdy yelps spill out of the plain stucco house in Tarzana that murmurs with the dull thud of bass.’
    • ‘Moyes drops to the ground with a sickening thud to the stunned gasps of the Lancashire crowd.’
    • ‘They had just barely reached the door when several dull thuds echoed off the floorboards behind them.’
    • ‘He and friends were play-fighting with the clubs when there was a thud and he fell to the ground.’
    • ‘A dull thud echoed all around him and the creature looked wildly around at its pack.’
    • ‘Every now and then, we can hear the dull thuds of exploded ordinance - over Mosul?’
    • ‘One poor soldier crashed into the ground at breakneck speed with a dull thud which brought a sharp intake of breath from the crowd.’
    • ‘I had heard the thuds, bangs and screams last night.’
    • ‘For a few moments, the only sound was the heavy thud of the ball as it pounded, rhythmically, against pale walls.’
    • ‘She heard the soft thud of something hitting the ground, and crawled back to pick it up.’
    • ‘Every so often, the roar would drop to a murmur, only to swell again after the next ball hit the ground with a muffled thud.’
    • ‘A scream arose from the foliage and a thud was heard as a French soldier hit the hard ground.’
    thump, clunk, clonk, crash, smash, smack, bang, boom, thunder, wallop
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Move, fall, or strike something with a dull, heavy sound.

    ‘the bullets thudded into the dusty ground’
    • ‘Shankland almost scored at the wrong end when his attempted clearing header thudded against Mitchell's bar and bounced to safety.’
    • ‘He tumbled down the incline, head over heels amid falling debris, and thudded against something soft.’
    • ‘Her necklace thudded heavily on the floor as she fell down flat on her stomach.’
    • ‘We were flying over the land as the pounding of the hooves thudded in our hearts.’
    • ‘Footsteps thudded down the hall, and his hold on her loosened somewhat.’
    • ‘Then he thudded head first against the alley wall and oozed down it while his companions whirled in astonishment.’
    • ‘In injury time, Sedge debutant Jonny Haig fouled an attacker in the box but Shelley's spot-kick thudded against the post.’
    • ‘The punches thudded through the smoke-filled air of the MEN Arena with excruciating force.’
    • ‘Suddenly, something thudded against the grating that covered the opening.’
    • ‘Gary Holt came closest of all when his strike from 25 yards thudded against the crossbar.’
    • ‘My heart thudded in my chest and I could feel my stomach in my throat.’
    • ‘Bass thudded up from beneath and I could tell the party was getting wilder.’
    • ‘A door thudded against the concrete walls and the sound ricocheted down to my ears.’
    • ‘The ball thudded into the immaculate putting surface and spun to about eight feet right of the hole.’
    • ‘The Air France jet thudded onto the runway, then skidded off the pavement moments later, bursting into flames.’
    • ‘Something thudded softly against the prow of our boat as we pulled upstream, and in the half-light before dawn it was difficult to tell what it was.’
    • ‘Another gunshot pierced the dusk, and a bullet thudded into the ground by Vincent's foot.’
    • ‘Her boots thudded softly on the stone steps leading to the East building.’
    • ‘His heavy boots thudded against the pavement of a desolate road as he kept on walking in a semiconscious daze.’
    • ‘The Puerto Rican jumped, and the tranquilizer dart thudded against the wall, narrowly missing him.’
    thump, clunk, clonk, crash, smash, smack, bang, thunder
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Origin

Late Middle English (originally Scots): probably from Old English thyddan ‘to thrust, push’; related to thoden ‘violent wind’. The noun is recorded first denoting a sudden blast or gust of wind, later the sound of a thunderclap, whence a dull, heavy sound. The verb dates from the early 16th century.

Pronunciation

thud

/θʌd/