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[ thuhn-der-uhs, -druhs ]


  1. producing thunder or a loud noise like thunder:

    thunderous applause.


/ ˈθʌndərəs /


  1. resembling thunder, esp in loudness

    thunderous clapping

  2. threatening and extremely angry

    she gave him a thunderous look

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Derived Forms

  • ˈthunderously, adverb

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Other Words From

  • thunder·ous·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of thunderous1

First recorded in 1575–85; thunder + -ous

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Example Sentences

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He took the stage to thunderous applause and delivered a presentation in English about his Nobel-winning work.

Perhaps much of this might have drawn less attention had it not been for the contrast it presented to the thunderous fury displayed only hours earlier, on Monday night.

What Watson was seeing was the emergence of thousands of Brood X cicadas, part of a billions-strong insect swarm that has lain dormant for 17 years before arising to “scream,” mate— all over about three thunderous weeks.

Soon after she ran into a bathroom, she heard a thunderous banging noise outside.

Thunderous sounds announce its arrival, piercing the silence that accompanies sundown in the swampland near Boystown, Liberia.

The audience clearly sided with Whoopi, breaking out into thunderous applause as she finished her comment.

Global attention and anger about the kidnapping, after a slow start, is now reaching a thunderous crescendo.

Cruz then proposed to abolish the IRS to thunderous applause.

The students at Morehouse responded with thunderous applause.

He could hear his voice boom out with thunderous amplification and saw Scotty clap his hands to his ears.

It seemed as though the mountain range had separated two atmospheres, and that now we had got into the thunderous one.

The thunderous rolling sound approached, heavy as that of artillery going into action.

Kaiser would not; Kaiser looked thunderous tornado on him, with hands rigidly in the vertical direction.

As Michael mentally repeated the thunderous English line, a surge of melancholy caught him up to overwhelm his thoughts.


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