- 1[intransitive, transitive] thud (something) + adv./prep. to fall or hit something with a low dull sound His arrow thudded into the target. We heard him thudding up the stairs.
- 2[intransitive] (literary) (especially of the heart) to beat strongly She felt her heart thud wildly with fear. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. More Like This Onomatopoeic words beep, bleep, boohoo, brrr, buzz, click, clip-clop, ding-dong, hiss, mwah, peep, ping, plop, pop, rat-tat, splat, splosh, squeak, squeal, squelch, swish, tee-hee, thud, thwack, tick-tock, toot, vroom, wham, whoosh, zoomSee worksheet. Word Origin 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, which led to the sense ‘ a dull, heavy sound’. The verb dates from the early 16th cent.Extra examples Her heart thudded wildly inside her chest. Her heart was thudding violently as she went into the room. His heart thudded with excitement. Steps thudded on the stairs. The sniper’s bullets thudded into the wall. The waves thudded against the side of the ship.
BrE BrE//θʌd//; NAmE NAmE//θʌd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thud
BrE BrE//θʌd//; NAmE NAmE//θʌd//he / she / it thuds
BrE BrE//θʌdz//; NAmE NAmE//θʌdz//past simple thudded
BrE BrE//ˈθʌdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈθʌdɪd//past participle thudded
BrE BrE//ˈθʌdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈθʌdɪd//-ing form thudding
BrE BrE//ˈθʌdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈθʌdɪŋ//