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[thuhn-der-uh s, -druh s] /ˈθʌn dər əs, -drəs/
producing thunder or a loud noise like thunder:
thunderous applause.
Also, thundery.
Origin of thunderous
First recorded in 1575-85; thunder + -ous
Related forms
thunderously, adverb Unabridged
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  • He rode away into the night—away towards the thunderous guns of Lige, the blood-drenched fields of Vis.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • And eleven hundred and fifty throats gave a thunderous "NO!"

  • Even as he spoke there was a thunderous crackling and roaring.

    The 4-D Doodler Graph Waldeyer
  • There was a thunderous noise outside, such as the waves make in a cave.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • It was a superb example of pitching, and Joe had to remove his cap in response to the thunderous applause of the stands.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for thunderous


resembling thunder, esp in loudness: thunderous clapping
threatening and extremely angry: she gave him a thunderous look
Derived Forms
thunderously, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thunderous

1580s, from thunder (n.) + -ous. Related: Thunderously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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