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

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 Burglary residence 6050 block of Northwest 68th Street in Parkland, June 15, 2:16 a.m. A man heard a loud deep thud followed by glass breaking in his home. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coral Springs, Coconut Creek area crime reports," 27 June 2018 His first season in Oklahoma City ended on a massive thud, with him bricking his way through the end of a first-round exit, and his return has helped push his team’s payroll well above the luxury-tax line. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 After arguing that slavery was a choice, defending Donald Trump, and generally confusing the hell out of people for the better part of the last few months, Kanye West's new album Ye landed with a bit of a thud last week. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Kanye's KIDS SEE GHOSTS Rollout Is a Hot Mess," 8 June 2018 Now that Instagram Stories collects the day-to-day minutiae, a post lands with a thud on the grid. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Instagram, Divorce, and the Modern Busybody’s Secret Weapon," 8 June 2018 Get a little thud, hear the big boys yell a little bit. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA’s Wilson: ‘Probably our best day thus far this spring’," 21 Mar. 2018 Some of those gasps turned to giggles at the thud sound from one of Allen’s out-route throws imprinting into a receiver’s chest (even the stoic Troy Aikman cracked). Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Josh Allen: What He Could Be, and What He Is Now," 10 Apr. 2018 The recognizable plink occurs only when a water droplet lands in water; a drop landing on a dry, wooden surface leaves only a dull thud. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Here’s What Makes a Dripping Faucet Go ‘Plink’," 22 June 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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