Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Oh! the awful thud, _thud_, THUD, as they hammer the spikes, the cruel spikes into his hands and feet, and he never once cringes.

    Fifteen Years with the Outcast

  • The roar of the flames, the hissing of firebrands sucked upward, the crash of timbers, the shrieks of the foremen through their trumpets, the yells of applause or of sarcasm from the crowd, and the _thud, thud, thud, thud_ of numerous brake bars made a fine pandemonium.

    The Gray Dawn

  • The crews sprang to the long brake handles on either side, and at once the regular _thud, thud, thud_ of the pumps took up its rhythm.

    The Gray Dawn

  • And then all at once he uttered a gasp as he expired the breath he had held, and _thud, thud, thud, thud_, he felt his heart leap the pulsations keeping on now at a tremendous rate as they beat against his quivering breast.

    Dead Man's Land Being the Voyage to Zimbambangwe of certain and uncertain

  • I could hear his breath come hard as the Boers galloped on abreast, closer and closer; and then the _thud, thud, thud_ grew less and less plain, till the sounds gradually became faint in the distance.

    Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer

  • Directly after, _thud, thud, thud_ came the sound of men dropping down into the inner cave, and in another moment there was a rude thrust from behind which drove Mike against Vince, and the two boys were forced onward through the opening to the outer cave, the man with the cutlass giving way sufficiently to let them enter, but presenting the point at

    Cormorant Crag A Tale of the Smuggling Days

  • The police were about to leave when they heard a shriek followed by a squelchy thud from the outhouse, followed by muffled cursing.

    Shannon Matthews « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • Not mere "Ew, needles!" willies, but proper [:: thud::] is the sound of Cherie fainting to the floor.

    May 18th, 2005

  • Apparently the selection of Mr. Martinez is being greeted with a thud from the right wing, with several of the more vocal wingnuts referring to him as "Bonehead." "

    November 2006

  • And landing with a thud is a new A.T. Kearney report promoting the ultimate net neut bête noire .

    What Price the Cloud?

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  • Sound the an object makes when it falls. The lamp made a thud when it fell on the floor. (newbury dic.)

    December 6, 2010

  • Someone nocturnally, in the adjacent corridor, expires:
    I hear a bloody great thud, then someone mutters 'Now, lift'.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    September 28, 2008