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 Johnson, despite being draped in coverage, came up with the catch and seemingly bounced off the turf when making the reception, creating a loud thud. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints Day 9 observations: A 40-yard pass for Drew Brees and it wasn't to Michael Thomas," 27 Aug. 2020 Grace’s shot at his ex landed with a thud, and now the Cubs’ new TV venture is in the spotlight. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Mark Grace dilemma is a thorny problem for Marquee Sports Network and Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts," 17 Aug. 2020 The officer then throws Ferguson’s upper body against the hood of the vehicle twice, and a loud thud can be heard. Nicholas Casey, BostonGlobe.com, "The officer was the hero in one viral video, but another told a different story," 15 Aug. 2020 Passes land blade to blade with a satisfying thud, shots ping out from the crossbar, the net whips back with each puck that sneaks by the goaltenders. Sam Riches, Longreads, "The NHL’s Lacrosse Takeover," 10 Aug. 2020 Following a 7-0-1 start, Colorado completed a five-game road trip with a thud. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avalanche rewind: 12 defining moments from the 2019-20 season," 26 Mar. 2020 What reverberates from that day into my consciousness is both a sound and a vision: the abrupt thud of a bundle of flags, bearing the bright and unmistakable pattern of the Confederate stars and bars, landing at my feet. W. Ralph Eubanks, The New Yorker, "The Confederate Flag Finally Falls in Mississippi," 1 July 2020 My ideas fell with a thud on the cutting room floor, no cushion of mutual experience to buoy them. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "What Does It Mean to Be a ‘BA Restaurant’?," 29 June 2020 Markets update Asian stocks started the session with a thud. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Did Trump’s latest Tweet just save the markets rally?," 23 June 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

2 Sep 2020

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“Thud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thud. Accessed 18 Sep. 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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