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[thuhn-der-kloud] /ˈθʌn dərˌklaʊd/
Origin of thundercloud
1690-1700; thunder + cloud Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For an hour or more from a thundercloud that rises on a southwest or southeast wind.

    Reading the Weather Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • This comes on us like a thundercloud, and you seem not to realise it.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The black smoke of German high explosive streamed up the valley like a thundercloud.

    Letters from France C. E. W. Bean
  • "Then there is no thundercloud in heaven for me now," she said.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • And, now that Alec and his thundercloud had gone, a waiter ventured to advance.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • When she saw how much she was mistaken she looked as black as a thundercloud.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • I kept him off; and he ate his dinner with a thundercloud face which foretold war with all governesses.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • Margaret was oracular and mysterious, and looked like a thundercloud.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • Everybody was laughing but the bride, and she looked like a thundercloud.

British Dictionary definitions for thundercloud


a towering electrically charged cumulonimbus cloud associated with thunderstorms
anything that is threatening
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thundercloud in Science
See cumulonimbus.
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