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Origin of thunderclap

First recorded in 1350–1400, thunderclap is from the Middle English word thonder clappe. See thunder, clap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of thunderclap

  • And then (thunderclap) one of wine's darkest nemeses appeared: the artichoke.

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Historical Examples of thunderclap

British Dictionary definitions for thunderclap


  1. a loud outburst of thunder
  2. something as violent or unexpected as a clap of thunder
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Word Origin and History for thunderclap

late 14c., from thunder (n.) + clap (n.1).

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