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Used when describing the noise made by solid objects colliding. SlideWhen the vase hit the floor, it made a distinct thud.
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Used to suggest the weight or intensity of the falling object. SlideWe heard the thud of footsteps from someone heavy.
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The word 'thud' mimics the actual sound of impact, a feature called onomatopoeia. SlideA thud echoed in the alley as the bag of cement dropped.