Updated About content Print Article Share Article
views updated

thud / [unvoicedth]əd/ • n. a dull, heavy sound, such as that made by an object falling to the ground: Jean heard the thud of the closing door. • v. (thud·ded , thud·ding ) [intr.] move, fall, or strike something with a dull, heavy sound: the bullets thudded into the dusty ground. PHRASES: 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 thud. 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, whence a dull, heavy sound. The verb dates from the early 16th cent.