thunderclap

[thuhn-der-klap]
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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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  • 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

thunderclap

noun
  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
n.

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

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