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 father hung around waiting, then heard a thud, and found his son had fallen over the edge. cleveland.com, "Drunk man urinates off parking garage, falls: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 13 June 2019 The 49ers’ running back, who galloped for a career-high 146 yards on 19 carries on a mushy field Sunday, including a 40-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, ended his rookie season of 2015 here, with a thud. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Raheem Mostert has dream game in loss to his old team, the Ravens," 1 Dec. 2019 Then the guy wobbled, grabbed at a skinny tree, and pitched straight backward, landing with a thud. BostonGlobe.com, "After seeing George, Folgert went to the shelter and met a skittish, emaciated mutt with some terrier in her. He took her home. Her name is Trixie.," 26 Nov. 2019 The Cardinals outfielder hit .160 over the final month of 2019 to end his walk year with a thud. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs and White Sox have options if they choose to spend in free agency. Here’s a look at the best available players.," 2 Nov. 2019 After a pair of rousing performances from Murray in Weeks 5 and 6, Week 7 landed with a thud. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray skyrocketing up NFL quarterback rankings in rookie season," 25 Oct. 2019 This thing is heavy, and each step lands with a thud. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Winter is No Match for These Top-Performing Snow Boots," 16 Oct. 2019 Despite Jamaal Charles' brilliance, the Matt Cassel era ended with a thud ... which included 12 losses in the final 13 games — and a four-game skid to end the season when K.C. was thrashed 103-23 collectively. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL's 100 worst teams of all time: Could Dolphins, Redskins join most hopeless in history?," 9 Oct. 2019 For those who blew the whistle and testified against Salazar, the suspension landed with a thud. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "For Salazar Whistle-Blowers, a Long Wait for a Satisfying Outcome," 6 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 That shot tied the score at 7, but the ones that followed were more essential, as other Celtics thudded one shot after another off the rim. BostonGlobe.com, "The indelible Marcus Smart moments from the Celtics’ rousing comeback win over the Bucks Wednesday were very much in line with his typical indelible moments. They mostly involved Smart pestering and agitating the opponent while also being the electrical current for his teammates.," 1 Nov. 2019 Days earlier, as shells thudded in the background, a convoy of U.S. trucks moved along the roads of northern Syria, transporting troops, equipment and the paraphernalia of what had once been a busy military base. Washington Post, "Dread in northern Syria as U.S. troops withdraw and cease-fire ends," 29 Oct. 2019 Boots thudded down the dungeon hallway, the rhythmic beat of several guards’ steps. David Canfield, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Blood Heir, the year's most controversial YA novel," 17 Oct. 2019 Gervonta Davis glided over the canvas to a thudding hip-hop beat, pumping his gloved fists in rapid-fire patterns. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "For boxer Gervonta Davis, Baltimore homecoming fight is a chance to ‘show them anything is possible’," 23 July 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

24 Jan 2020

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“Thud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thud?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=thud0001. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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