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

Inside the lab The smell of fresh popcorn and the thud of baseballs slamming against wooden bats greeted a visitor last week at the Sports Science Laboratory. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "These scientists may have solved MLB's 'juiced' baseball problem," 2 Aug. 2019 It's been 45 years since the pitter-patter of glitterati high-heels on the hotel's floors was replaced by the thud of soldiers' combat boots. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Aging grand hotel highlights the ethnic division in Cyprus," 16 June 2019 All the while, lawmakers have tried in earnest to return to work, often with ears perked for the thud of another dropping shoe. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Amid scandals, future of Mass. Senate leadership still uncertain," 31 Mar. 2018 All but forgotten: Kerr’s desperate experiment started with a thud. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Goodbye Andre Iguodala: You will be missed," 1 July 2019 But after neither could push a run across, the 21st game featuring baseball's up-and-coming stars ended with a thud. Tom Withers, chicagotribune.com, "All-Star Futures Game ends in a 2-2 tie after 8 innings," 8 July 2019 His Middle East peace proposal landed with a thud last month. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Kids Aren’t Alright," 3 July 2019 The gym, which used to resonate with the clanks of athletes at weight machines and the thuds of runners on treadmills, felt abandoned, too. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The End of an American College," 18 June 2019 Myers said Friday in his exit interview with the media following a season that started with a narrative about the Warriors killing the NBA because of their loaded roster and ended with a thud. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ future is complicated and it’s GM Bob Myers’ job to figure it out," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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

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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