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 Fields, the Buckeyes’ junior quarterback, lit up the Tigers’ defense for six touchdowns in a game that ended Lawrence’s storied college career with a thud. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Alabama defense steals championship glory from Justin Fields," 12 Jan. 2021 That’s part of the $10 million renovation of the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center. Sept. 2: Herman’s tenure begins with a thud, as Maryland comes to Austin and hands Texas an embarrassing 51-41 loss. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas dumps Tom Herman, hires Steve Sarkisian," 2 Jan. 2021 My mom just slams the broad side of the cleaver down with a satisfying, startling thud, like Gallagher smashing a watermelon. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, "A Chinese Cleaver Is the Only Knife You Need, Says My Mom," 10 Nov. 2020 After weeks orienting with the surgery department, the weight of her involvement in COVID-19 care landed in her consciousness with a thud. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage nurse began her career just as the pandemic reached Alaska. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” she said.," 26 Dec. 2020 Book and Notre Dame were 12-0 in 2018 before the perfect season ended with a thud, a 30-3 loss in the Cotton Bowl against Clemson and Lawrence. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Clemson ACC Championship free live stream (12/19/20): How to watch, TV options, live updates, odds," 19 Dec. 2020 The sound of the whistle was accompanied by a thud when Bates landed hard on his palms. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "3 observations from Emoni Bates, Ypsi Prep's loss to Duncanville at Thanksgiving Hoopfest," 30 Nov. 2020 News that Trump's Justice Department had concluded without charges being filed landed with a thud on Fox News. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Fox News portrayed it as one of the biggest scandals in American history. Then it fell apart," 14 Oct. 2020 Hammers were covered in leather, not modern felt, lending a mellow thud at lower volumes, more of a twang under pressure, the gentle sound sound quickly decaying. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Bach Society ventures beyond baroque, to Beethoven," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The protest hub in downtown Beirut thudded with music from a half-dozen different stages as if to compete with the city’s famous nightclubs. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Beirut’s Nightlife Survived Civil War. Can It Withstand Pandemic?," 11 Apr. 2020 Stocks thudded to their worst day since the epic Black Monday crash in 1987 amid mounting investor fears over the coronavirus pandemic and President Donald Trump's assessment that the U.S. may be heading toward recession. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Stocks crater in biggest drop since 1987," 16 Mar. 2020 Inside the facility, the sound of baseballs thudding against bats fills the roughly 10,000 square-foot space. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "MLB Could Build a Consistent Baseball. Here’s Why It Hasn’t.," 4 Mar. 2020 Although stocks briefly revived in the afternoon when the Federal Reserve Bank of New York moved to provide more short-term funding to lenders, markets quickly thudded lower. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Dow dives more than 2,300 points after stock trading halted," 12 Mar. 2020 As in the passage where Aster beats Hirut, certain words recur (split, spin, bloom, awkward, frantic), and hearts tend to pound and thud a lot. Namwali Serpell, New York Times, "Maaza Mengiste Sings a Modern Song of War," 26 Sep. 2019 No one really thought his early-season shooting struggles would be everlasting, but seeing 25 consecutive 3-pointers thud off of rims, instead of going through them, can start to wear on anyone. BostonGlobe.com, "“That confidence was there before,” Williams said. “I wasn’t hesitant. They just hadn’t gone down. Now, it’s just I keep shooting them and my teammates want me to. I take the good and open ones, and sometimes the ones they yell at me for not shooting.”," 21 Dec. 2019 As Brown broke free on a fast break, his errant alley-oop pass intended for Tatum thudded off the backboard. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics overcome Buddy Hield’s 41 points, and other observations," 26 Nov. 2019 And the run did not stop there, as Denver thudded one jump shot off the rim after another in the fourth, and the Celtics used their speed and defense to surge upcourt on fast breaks and erase what was once a massive deficit. BostonGlobe.com, "DENVER — Celtics point guard Kemba Walker suffered an apparent head injury when he collided with teammate Semi Ojeleye with just over three minutes left in the second quarter of Boston’s 96-92 loss to the Nuggets on Friday.," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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Last Updated

18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Thud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thud. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for thud

thud

noun
How to pronounce thud (audio)

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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