- The elevator slammed into the ground with a dull thud, and the doors screeched open.
- He and the coffee table hit the ground with a loud thud and the sound for breaking wood.
- A little later we hear two dull thuds echoing across the valley as one of the Apaches fires its missiles.
verb (thuds, thudding, thudded)[no object] Back to top
- He tumbled down the incline, head over heels amid falling debris, and thudded against something soft.
- We were flying over the land as the pounding of the hooves thudded in our hearts.
- His heavy boots thudded against the pavement of a desolate road as he kept on walking in a semiconscious daze.
late Middle English (originally Scots): probably from Old English thyddan 'to thrust, push'; related to thoden 'violent wind.' The noun is recorded first denoting a sudden blast or gust of wind, later the sound of a thunderclap, whence a dull, heavy sound. The verb dates from the early 16th century.
with a thud
- Used to describe a sudden and disillusioning reminder of reality in contrast to someone’s dreams or aspirations: dropouts have now come back down to earth with a thudMore example sentences
- But she cautioned that David Nalbandian could bring Murray down to earth with a thud.
- The result is articles from happy land that lift their readers into the air and drop them with a thud once a purchase is made.
- Alas, you are brought down to the earth with a sudden thud as finally you confront the cost of an overseas education.