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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from Old English thyddan 'to push forcefully'

thud

2 verb
     
Related topics: Textures, Sounds
thud2 past tense and past participle thudded, present participle thudding [intransitive]
1CS [always + adverb/preposition] to hit something with a low sound:
The stone thudded to the ground.
waves thudding against the side of the ship
2 [always + adverb/preposition] to walk or run with your feet making a heavy sound as they touch the ground:
A horse thudded over the frozen grass.
3 if your heart thuds, it beats strongly because you are excited or frightened:
Peter was aware of his heart thudding in his chest.

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