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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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  • She jerked the lanyard, and with a thudding jolt the torpedo was on its way.

  • The thudding of hooves became a mutter and then a rumble and then a growl.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • Young Gourlay's heart gave a leap within him; he felt it thudding on his ribs.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • After the thudding of the bodies had ended the silence became ghastly.

    The End of Time Wallace West
  • John knew well what it was, the thudding of great guns, greater than any that had been fired before by man on land.

    The Guns of Europe Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Again that thudding right and left, right and left, into the stomach.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • The men grounded arms, and began to load quickly, the thudding of their iron ramrods sounding strangely in the still night air.

    The Adventures of Don Lavington George Manville Fenn
  • Again the storm of arrows beat upon them clinking and thudding on the armor.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Michael with thudding heart and flaming cheeks stood close to Drake.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for thudding


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 thudding



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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