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[thuhn-der-klap] /ˈθʌn dərˌklæp/
a crash of thunder.
something resembling a thunderclap, as in loudness or unexpectedness.
Origin of thunderclap
1350-1400; Middle English thonder clappe. See thunder, clap1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Out of the March woods ahead broke a thunderclap of sound, settling into a roar of musketry.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Captain Candage turned on his mate with the violence of a thunderclap.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The officer was handed a megaphone, and through it his voice came down like a thunderclap.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • You may easily guess what a thunderclap this must have been to the Court.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz
  • I had quite forgotten the existence of Leach and Johnson, when suddenly, like a thunderclap, “Boat ho!”

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • The affray had burst over the slumbering town like a thunderclap.

  • What will the thunderclap be that will shake down these masses?

    Z. Marcas Honore de Balzac
  • The thunderclap which seemed to come simultaneously, rocked the plane like a feather.

    The Solar Magnet Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • O that he had left out the grey hairs; or that they had been in any other paper not concluding with such a thunderclap!

British Dictionary definitions for thunderclap


a loud outburst of thunder
something as violent or unexpected as a clap of thunder
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thunderclap

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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