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[thuhn-der-kloud] /ˈθʌn dərˌklaʊd/
Origin of thundercloud
First recorded in 1690-1700; thunder + cloud Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then the truth fell on him like a thundercloud, and he hurried back to the house for good.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • This comes on us like a thundercloud, and you seem not to realise it.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • "Then there is no thundercloud in heaven for me now," she said.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Richling looked up at him as a child looks at a thundercloud.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • He saw the thundercloud arise that was to darken the horizon.

  • When she saw how much she was mistaken she looked as black as a thundercloud.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • They might as well try to lick the lightning in a thundercloud.

  • Margaret was oracular and mysterious, and looked like a thundercloud.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • And she looked like a thundercloud every time I caught a glimpse of her face.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
British Dictionary definitions for thundercloud


a towering electrically charged cumulonimbus cloud associated with thunderstorms
anything that is threatening
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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thundercloud in Science
See cumulonimbus.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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