thunderclap

[ thuhn-der-klap ]
/ ˈθʌn dərˌklæp /

noun

a crash of thunder.
something resembling a thunderclap, as in loudness or unexpectedness.

Nearby words

  1. thunder sheet,
  2. thunderation,
  3. thunderbird,
  4. thunderbolt,
  5. thunderbox,
  6. thundercloud,
  7. thunderhead,
  8. thundering,
  9. thunderous,
  10. thunderously

Origin of thunderclap

First recorded in 1350–1400, thunderclap is from the Middle English word thonder clappe. See thunder, clap1

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British Dictionary definitions for thunderclap

thunderclap

/ (ˈθʌndəˌklæp) /

noun

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

thunderclap

n.

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

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