Definition of thud in English:

thud

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Pronunciation /THəd/ /θəd/

noun

  • A dull, heavy sound, such as that made by an object falling to the ground.

    ‘he hit the floor with a terrific thud’
    ‘Jean heard the thud of the closing door’
    • ‘The elevator slammed into the ground with a dull thud, and the doors screeched open.’
    • ‘He and the coffee table hit the ground with a loud thud and the sound for breaking wood.’
    • ‘A little later we hear two dull thuds echoing across the valley as one of the Apaches fires its missiles.’
    • ‘Every so often, the roar would drop to a murmur, only to swell again after the next ball hit the ground with a muffled thud.’
    • ‘They awoke from a short nap and upon hearing dull thuds, attributed the noise to a nearby naval gunnery range.’
    • ‘Moyes drops to the ground with a sickening thud to the stunned gasps of the Lancashire crowd.’
    • ‘Rowdy yelps spill out of the plain stucco house in Tarzana that murmurs with the dull thud of bass.’
    • ‘One poor soldier crashed into the ground at breakneck speed with a dull thud which brought a sharp intake of breath from the crowd.’
    • ‘We lads were all laughing and joking when there was a series of terrific thuds and the shelter rocked.’
    • ‘I heard hard thuds as bricks and mortar fell to the ground.’
    • ‘He and friends were play-fighting with the clubs when there was a thud and he fell to the ground.’
    • ‘They had just barely reached the door when several dull thuds echoed off the floorboards behind them.’
    • ‘For a few moments, the only sound was the heavy thud of the ball as it pounded, rhythmically, against pale walls.’
    • ‘A dull thud echoed all around him and the creature looked wildly around at its pack.’
    • ‘Every now and then, we can hear the dull thuds of exploded ordinance - over Mosul?’
    • ‘I had heard the thuds, bangs and screams last night.’
    • ‘A scream arose from the foliage and a thud was heard as a French soldier hit the hard ground.’
    • ‘She heard the soft thud of something hitting the ground, and crawled back to pick it up.’
    • ‘He told how he was with a friend when they heard the plane's engine revving, then a dull thud.’
    • ‘She threw her bag across the room and the dull thud assured her it had hit the floor somewhere close to the wall.’
    thump, clunk, clonk, crash, smash, smack, bang, boom, thunder, wallop
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intransitive verbthuds, thudding, thudded

[no object]
  • Move, fall, or strike something with a dull, heavy sound.

    ‘the bullets thudded into the dusty ground’
    • ‘He tumbled down the incline, head over heels amid falling debris, and thudded against something soft.’
    • ‘We were flying over the land as the pounding of the hooves thudded in our hearts.’
    • ‘His heavy boots thudded against the pavement of a desolate road as he kept on walking in a semiconscious daze.’
    • ‘Gary Holt came closest of all when his strike from 25 yards thudded against the crossbar.’
    • ‘My heart thudded in my chest and I could feel my stomach in my throat.’
    • ‘Her necklace thudded heavily on the floor as she fell down flat on her stomach.’
    • ‘A door thudded against the concrete walls and the sound ricocheted down to my ears.’
    • ‘Something thudded softly against the prow of our boat as we pulled upstream, and in the half-light before dawn it was difficult to tell what it was.’
    • ‘The Air France jet thudded onto the runway, then skidded off the pavement moments later, bursting into flames.’
    • ‘The punches thudded through the smoke-filled air of the MEN Arena with excruciating force.’
    • ‘The ball thudded into the immaculate putting surface and spun to about eight feet right of the hole.’
    • ‘Another gunshot pierced the dusk, and a bullet thudded into the ground by Vincent's foot.’
    • ‘The Puerto Rican jumped, and the tranquilizer dart thudded against the wall, narrowly missing him.’
    • ‘Then he thudded head first against the alley wall and oozed down it while his companions whirled in astonishment.’
    • ‘Footsteps thudded down the hall, and his hold on her loosened somewhat.’
    • ‘Suddenly, something thudded against the grating that covered the opening.’
    • ‘Her boots thudded softly on the stone steps leading to the East building.’
    • ‘Bass thudded up from beneath and I could tell the party was getting wilder.’
    • ‘In injury time, Sedge debutant Jonny Haig fouled an attacker in the box but Shelley's spot-kick thudded against the post.’
    • ‘Shankland almost scored at the wrong end when his attempted clearing header thudded against Mitchell's bar and bounced to safety.’
    thump, clunk, clonk, crash, smash, smack, bang, thunder
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Phrases

    with a thud
    • Used to describe a sudden and disillusioning reminder of reality in contrast to someone's dreams or aspirations.

      ‘dropouts have now come back down to earth with a thud’
      • ‘But she cautioned that David Nalbandian could bring Murray down to earth with a thud.’
      • ‘The result is articles from happy land that lift their readers into the air and drop them with a thud once a purchase is made.’
      • ‘Alas, you are brought down to the earth with a sudden thud as finally you confront the cost of an overseas education.’
      • ‘The Atlanta Falcons came back to earth with a thud.’
      • ‘After years in development, Vista hit the market with a thud in January 2007.’
      • ‘The disastrous start back home sent the benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty crashing down with a thud and brought back dreaded memories of some Black Mondays today.’

Origin

Late Middle English (originally Scots): probably from Old English thyddan ‘to thrust, push’; related to thoden ‘violent wind’. The noun is recorded first denoting a sudden blast or gust of wind, later the sound of a thunderclap, whence a dull, heavy sound. The verb dates from the early 16th century.

Pronunciation

thud

/THəd/ /θəd/