Definition of thud in English:

thud

noun

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

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

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

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

  • with a thud

    • Used to describe a sudden and disillusioning reminder of reality in contrast to someone's dreams or aspirations.

      ‘dropouts have now come back down to earth with a thud’
      • ‘After years in development, Vista hit the market with a thud in January 2007.’
      • ‘The Atlanta Falcons came back to earth with a thud.’
      • ‘Alas, you are brought down to the earth with a sudden thud as finally you confront the cost of an overseas education.’
      • ‘The disastrous start back home sent the benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty crashing down with a thud and brought back dreaded memories of some Black Mondays today.’
      • ‘The result is articles from happy land that lift their readers into the air and drop them with a thud once a purchase is made.’
      • ‘But she cautioned that David Nalbandian could bring Murray down to earth with a thud.’

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

/THəd/