verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- thunder bay,
- thunder egg,
- thunder mug,
- thunder sheet,
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Anthony Haden-Guest|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were flashes of lightning outside and the rumble of thunder.
Thunder peals outside, and there is a flash that shows the wire threaded through the thick window glass above the bleachers.
But as the furor subsides and the thunder dies, most or all of those girls probably will remain captives.
What in thunder do you mean by exchanging my valise for this one?The Man in Lower Ten|Mary Roberts Rinehart
The day was clear, but soon after the woman entered the tipi, thunder was heard.The Sun Dance of the Blackfoot Indians|Clark Wissler
Next a rolling sound such as thunder makes a long way off filled the air.The Strange Story Book|Mrs. Andrew Lang
And when the third seal was broken, another of the winged animals bellowed like a thunder clap, "Come and see!"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse|Vicente Blasco Ibanez
The thunder of its voice is as the voice of the hurrying people.The Voice of the Machines|Gerald Stanley Lee
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.