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


  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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