from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dull sound, as that of a heavy object striking a solid surface.
- n. A blow or fall causing such a sound.
- intransitive v. To make a heavy, dull sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sound of a dull impact.
- n. Republic F-105 Thunderchief jet ground attack fighter.
- v. To make the sound of a dull impact.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dull sound without resonance, like that produced by striking with, or striking against, some comparatively soft substance; also, the stroke or blow producing such sound.
- v. To make, or strike so as to make, a dull sound, or thud.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To push; press.
- To beat; strike.
- To drive with impetuosity.
- To emit a low. dull sound such as is produced by a blow upon a comparatively soft substance.
- To rush with a hollow sound.
- To move with velocity: as, “he thudded away,”
- n. The sound produced by a blow upon a comparatively soft substance; a noise like that of a heavy stone striking the ground; hence, a stroke or blow causing a dull, blunt, or hollow sound.
- n. Synonyms See thump.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants
- v. make a dull sound
- n. a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)
- v. strike with a dull sound
Perhaps from Middle English thudden, to strike with a weapon, from Old English thyddan, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English thudden ("to strike with a weapon"), from Old English þyddan ("to strike, press, thrust"), from Proto-Germanic *þuddijanan, *þiudijanan (“to strike, thrust”), from Proto-Germanic *þūhanan, *þeuhanan (“to press”), from Proto-Indo-European *tūk- (“to beat”). Cognate with Old English þoddettan ("to strike, push, batter"), Old English þȳdan ("to strike, stab, thrust, press"), Old English þēowan ("to press"), Albanian thundër ("a hoof, talon, a shaft, fig. oppression, torment") . (Wiktionary)