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 Detroit Lions finished up their preseason schedule on Thursday night with a resounding thud, losing to the Cleveland Browns, 20-16. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Aftermaths of Detroit Lions' winless preseasons: Barry Sanders, snowballs and Wayne Fontes," 1 Sep. 2019 And Deutsche Bank came down to earth with a thud, rolling out a reorganization that will shed 18,000 jobs. New York Times, "The Week in Business: Amazon Won’t Let the Robots Take Over," 13 July 2019 After rising nearly 100-fold during the dot-com bubble, Amazon shares came back to earth with a thud, falling almost 95% from their highs by the time the washout was over. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "How to Win Any Argument About the Stock Market," 11 Dec. 2017 The ugly shoe to rule them all, Balenciaga’s Triple S sneaker entered the cultural consciousness with a thud on the brand’s Fall 2017 menswear runway. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "We’ve Gotta Have It: The 17 Items that Defined Fashion in the 2010s," 18 July 2019 The only sound heard nearly as often as the crack of the bat on Tuesday was the thud of a cleat spike touching home plate. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ symphony of barrels hits all the right notes, Longoria leads the charge," 2 July 2019 The police pulled up outside a white-shuttered brick condo, jolting neighbors out of their beds with the thud of heavy banging on a door. Matt Richtel, New York Times, "Vaping Bad: Were 2 Wisconsin Brothers the Walter Whites of THC Oils?," 15 Sep. 2019 The police pulled up outside a white-shuttered brick condo, jolting neighbors out of their beds with the thud of heavy banging on a door. BostonGlobe.com, "BRISTOL, Wis. — The drug bust shattered the early morning stillness of this manicured subdivision in southeastern Wisconsin. The police pulled up outside a white-shuttered brick condo, jolting neighbors out of their beds with the thud of heavy banging on a door.," 15 Sep. 2019 The defense, which ended the 2018 season with a thud, can bounce back with players such as Lavert Hill, Khaleke Hudson and Josh Metellus — who could all be among the best in the league. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Will Ohio State play in the Big Ten championship game?," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Each tackle brings a burst of dust as players thud against bare earth and scattered rocks. Los Angeles Times, "Trona High’s once-mighty Sandmen fight to keep football alive in wake of earthquakes," 28 Aug. 2019 The cheerleaders bound up and down the field to the sound of football players’ helmets thudding against each other. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Check out Clear Brook, Friendswood mascots through the years," 23 Aug. 2019 But his opponent, Subriel Matías, pounded Dadashev’s body with heavy, thudding shots. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Boxing's Tragedies Put the Sport In a Difficult Corner," 7 Aug. 2019 There were trays of madeleines and a stage with thudding speakers. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Paris is pitching itself as the next-best thing for tech startups," 3 July 2019 Kershaw stranded the runners when Contreras thudded a curve into the ground. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw wins on grit, not power," 13 June 2019 And then, just when expectations had been re-arranged and raised beyond reason, the Mariners thudded back to earth with a sustained stretch of miserable play. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Only one question matters this Mariners season: How is the step back affecting the step forward?," 19 May 2019 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

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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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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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