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[thuhn-der-uh s, -druh s] /ˈθʌn dər əs, -drəs/
producing thunder or a loud noise like thunder:
thunderous applause.
Also, thundery.
Origin of thunderous
1575-85; thunder + -ous
Related forms
thunderously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thunderous
  • They clasp hands, and raise them over their heads to thunderous applause.
  • But it's not a thunderous ovation-the new direction is scary.
  • It is likely to be approved with thunderous cross-party support.
  • The thunderous sound of breaking chunks of ice is on a slight delay from the sight of them crumbling.
  • There were thunderous crashes at odd hours of the night.
  • But it is melting fast, with the thunderous sounds of icebergs calving off glaciers filling the air.
  • The impact generates soaring mists and thunderous sounds that can be seen and heard for great distances.
  • The initial clash brings combatants flying toward a thunderous embrace.
  • thunderous herds stampede across the plains, creating a truly astounding spectacle.
  • When the reverend asked for visitors to stand, the first family stood to thunderous applause.
British Dictionary definitions for thunderous


resembling thunder, esp in loudness: thunderous clapping
threatening and extremely angry: she gave him a thunderous look
Derived Forms
thunderously, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thunderous

1580s, from thunder (n.) + -ous. Related: Thunderously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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