thud

noun
\ ˈthəd How to pronounce thud (audio) \

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

The production, for sure, could use more of the thud of theatrical inevitability. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "In Keith Huff’s ‘Six Corners,’ Chicago cops are tasked with solving a shooting," 25 Feb. 2018 Landing with a thud and a quick stabilization with his left leg, the rider made it to the opposite ramp unharmed. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "How the heck did an Evel Knievel museum wind up in northeast Kansas?," 26 June 2018 Spieth’s shot never had a prayer, landing on the front bank with a sickening thud and bouncing into its watery grave. Adam Schupak, New York Times, "At the Masters’ 12th Hole, Shots Are Left Twisting in the Wind," 4 Apr. 2018 Wisconsin and Miami followed much of the same dreary path that started in the warmth of the Orange Bowl and ends with a frigid thud at Yankee Stadium. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Miami, Wisconsin set to battle cold in frigid Pinstripe Bowl," 26 Dec. 2018 Lushan’s bid to be the center of meat-rock culture is landing with a thud with collectors in other parts of China whose rocks also resemble meat. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "If You’re Collecting Rocks, Might as Well Find Ones That Look Like Meat," 13 May 2018 Playing Battlefield, a tank moving left to right moves in sync with the Nari Ultimate’s haptics, while every explosion or stray bullet thud gets an accompanying, shorter shake. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals," 10 Jan. 2019 That makes the relentlessly upbeat ending — with its dutiful deus ex machina and an exhortation to just forget your worries since tomorrow has to be better — land with a thud. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs," 12 Dec. 2018 Her left hand was more ferocious, drawing from a chunkier collection of textures and sometimes landing with an audible thud on the keys. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Yuja Wang sparkles at Jordan Hall," 14 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 How to pronounce thud (audio) \

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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