thud

noun
\ˈthəd \

Definition of thud 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a dull sound : thump

thud

verb
thudded; thudding

Definition of thud (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move or strike so as to make a thud

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Examples of thud in a Sentence

Noun

The book hit the floor with a thud. The ball landed with a thud. I heard a heavy thud on the roof.

Verb

The ball thudded against the side of the house. the snowball thudded against the side of my car
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stepping off the structure, the thud of the earth beneath my feet came as a harsh, hard, reality. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "I bounced on the world's biggest bounce house," 6 July 2018 The crowd’s noise drowned out the thud of his 210-pound body crashing to the black mat. The Courier-Journal, "Danger in the cage: Lax regulation in amateur MMA puts lives at risk," 21 June 2018 Then came the more pronounced thud of someone jumping two feet down from the upper deck to the lower deck just outside her door. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A downtown Waukesha resident went face to face with an intruder in her home. She used a finger gun to stop him.," 10 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately, the latest update shows those marketing efforts have landed with a thud. WSJ, "Investors Frown on Biotech Famed for Emojis," 26 Oct. 2018 The loud, dominant thuds were a sonic revelation for Vinson-Ondecko, but so, too, were the voices around her. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "For one female football coach, a day at Ravens minicamp to remember (and study)," 12 June 2018 One reason for the political thud may be logistics. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Will Tax Changes Drive New Yorkers to the Polls? Probably Not," 10 June 2018 The resulting thud at about 1:30 a.m. was strong enough to register as a small earthquake, according to a seismic monitor at Quinault. The News Tribune, The Seattle Times, "Mysterious wind may have felled more than 100 old-growth trees near Lake Quinault," 20 Feb. 2018 And then the familiar thud, crashing into the same exact barrel falling down the same exact ladder. Dan Steinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Capitals could end the stupidest streak in sports tonight," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The tiny ultralight thudded and bounced but remained gamely intact, then came to a stop. Caroline Paul, Outside Online, "Caroline Paul on Her First Emergency Landing," 11 July 2018 His chip was perfectly placed for Mina, who thudded the header home from about 5 yards out. Joel Petterson, New York Times, "Colombia Keeps World Cup Hopes Alive While Dashing Poland’s," 25 June 2018 Instead, players thudded and wrapped up without completely tackling. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA’s Wilson: ‘Probably our best day thus far this spring’," 21 Mar. 2018 Several days later, Jose Garcia was awakened in the early morning by thudding sounds from the apartment below. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "Man sentenced in 2013 beating death of Glendale relative," 15 Mar. 2018 The southpaw established his jab early on and went to work on Peterson's body with powerful, thudding shots from every angle that eventually wore the 33-year-old down. Bob Velin, USA TODAY, "Errol Spence Jr. stops Lamont Peterson in eighth round to retain welterweight title," 20 Jan. 2018 For many who had already seen the full image, the shaking ground was enough to still evoke that thudding noise. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "You Don’t Have to Have Synesthesia to “Hear” This Silent Gif," 4 Dec. 2017 Bullets kept snapping off the pavement, thudding into flesh. Joe Mozingo, Alaska Dispatch News, "Alaskans’ brotherly journey to Vegas ends in grief," 6 Oct. 2017 In terms of appeal beyond the faithful, this edition of this great even thudded like a ball against a wall. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: When should winning matter for Reds?," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of thud

Noun

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thud

Noun

imitative

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More Definitions for thud

thud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a loud, dull sound made especially when a heavy object hits something

thud

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thud (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit something with a loud, dull sound

: to beat forcefully

thud

noun
\ˈthəd \

Kids Definition of thud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dull sound : thump

thud

verb
thudded; thudding

Kids Definition of thud (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move, strike, or pound so as to make a dull sound … Hannah could feel her heart thudding madly.— Jane Yolen, The Devil's Arithmetic

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