thudding

thud

[thuhd]
noun
1.
a dull sound, as of a heavy blow or fall.
2.
a blow causing such a sound.
verb (used without object), thudded, thudding.
3.
to strike or fall with a dull sound of heavy impact.

Origin:
1505–15; imitative; compare Middle English thudden, Old English thyddan to strike, press

thuddingly, adverb
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thud (θʌd)
 
n
1.  a dull heavy sound: the book fell to the ground with a thud
2.  a blow or fall that causes such a sound
 
vb , thuds, thudding, thudded
3.  to make or cause to make such a sound
 
[Old English thyddan to strike; related to thoddettan to beat, perhaps of imitative origin]

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thud
O.E. þyddan "to strike, thrust," of imitative origin. Sense of "hit with a dull sound" first recorded 1796. The noun is attested from 1513.
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