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[thuhd] /θʌd/
a dull sound, as of a heavy blow or fall.
a blow causing such a sound.
verb (used without object), thudded, thudding.
to strike or fall with a dull sound of heavy impact.
Origin of thud
1505-15; imitative; compare Middle English thudden, Old English thyddan to strike, press
Related forms
thuddingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for thudded
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  • Jean called again and then got out of bed and thudded across the room to her bedside.

  • They thudded against the heads of the great monsters like hailstones.

  • His heavy boot, backed by the power of a hundred and ninety pounds of brawn, thudded into the Indian's chest.

    The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • Gourlay thudded on the fender, his brow crashing on the rim.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • Bullets whistled and thudded about him, and an occasional ricochet sang sharply through the air.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • It was heavy, and it thudded and smacked across the old man's face and chest.

    The Mating of the Moons Kenneth O'Hara
  • An instant later the bulk of a big sorrel flashed into view and thudded toward him.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • More big drops of rain splashed and thudded on the roofs and road.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
  • With wide-sprawled wings she thudded down upon the snow-crust, almost under the fox's complacent jaws.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • When they thudded down to 78, this proved that the Government had lost the confidence of the country.

    If I May A. A. Milne
British Dictionary definitions for thudded


a dull heavy sound: the book fell to the ground with a thud
a blow or fall that causes such a sound
verb thuds, thudding, thudded
to make or cause to make such a sound
Word Origin
Old English thyddan to strike; related to thoddettan to beat, perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for thudded



Old English þyddan "to strike, thrust," of imitative origin. Sense of "hit with a dull sound" first recorded 1796. The noun is attested from 1510s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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