Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THUDS

Doubtless you heard the three thuds which it gave before the engine was stopped.

Again the thuds were administered to the echoing panels, and still no response.

A fury of sound hurled at them, thuds and scratchings rang on the armor.

Native instruments were giving vent to moans, shrieks, and thuds.

Ten miles away The battle winks and thuds in blundering strife.

From the next room came a series of thuds; bare feet on the floor.

She heard a fragmentary cry, followed by a crash and a succession of thuds.

There were also heavy footsteps and thuds, as of moving weighty bodies.

Often Paul would wake up, after he had been asleep a long time, aware of thuds downstairs.

Instead of the sharp, musical collision and clink of metal, a sodden succession of thuds smote his ears.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English þyddan "to strike, thrust," of imitative origin. Sense of "hit with a dull sound" first recorded 1796. The noun is attested from 1510s.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.