Origin of thundering
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of thunder
Examples from the Web for thundering
The beasts are huge, hulking, fast and unpredictable—tons of muscle, horn and thundering hooves.
John McCain voted for federal funding in 2007, thundering about thousands of frozen embryos.
There was a thundering roar, and the whole pile broke into a myriad parts.Colorado Jim|George Goodchild
Now and then that booming, roaring, thundering sound would burst upon their ears again.The Tale of Billy Woodchuck|Arthur Scott Bailey
We had to lay off about half a mile to get a safe anchorage, and there was a thundering row who should stop on board.Twelve Stories and a Dream|H. G. Wells
From hence shall be produced three thundering bulls, who having eaten up their pastures shall be turned into trees.Old English Chronicles|Various
What's anybody's motive, who figures in this thundering dime-novel?The Black Bag|Louis Joseph Vance
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.