verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to use for one's own purposes and without the knowledge or permission of the originator the inventions or ideas of another.
- to ruin or detract from the effect of a performance, remark, etc., by anticipating it.
Origin of thunder
Related Words for thunderroar, rumble, explosion, detonation, resound, reverberate, growl, booming, crash, cannonade, peal, uproar, barrage, boom, fulmination, discharge, blast, outburst, clap, crashing
Examples from the Web for thunder
Contemporary Examples of thunder
Zilch, what with Showtime's other steamy sex-heavy drama, The Affair, stealing its thunder.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More
December 11, 2014
And the second I arrived and did my last step, there was thunder and rain pouring.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
There were flashes of lightning outside and the rumble of thunder.The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
July 24, 2014
Thunder peals outside, and there is a flash that shows the wire threaded through the thick window glass above the bleachers.Shaq, Year One
Charles P. Pierce
May 24, 2014
But as the furor subsides and the thunder dies, most or all of those girls probably will remain captives.The Boko Haram Bidding War
May 10, 2014
Historical Examples of thunder
And a rumble quickly grew to an earth-shaking blast of thunder.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Pound, pound, pound, the hard road rang with the thunder of hoofs.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
When he flaps his wings or even moves a quill the thunder peals.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
There was no thunder nor lightning during the whole time they were in these latitudes.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
And the thunder of galloping hoofs was more menacing than that of the cannon.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Word Origin for thunder
Old English þunor, from Proto-Germanic *thunraz (cf. Old Norse þorr, Old Frisian thuner, Middle Dutch donre, Dutch donder, Old High German donar, German Donner "thunder"), from PIE *(s)tene- "to resound, thunder" (cf. Sanskrit tanayitnuh "thundering," Persian tundar "thunder," Latin tonare "to thunder"). Swedish tordön is literally "Thor's din." The intrusive -d- is also found in Dutch and Icelandic versions of the word.
Old English þunrian, from the source of thunder (n.). Figurative sense of "to speak loudly, threateningly, bombastically" is recorded from mid-14c. Related: Thundered; thundering.
The noise created when air rushes back into a region from which it has been expelled by the passage of lightning.
see under steal someone's thunder.