thunderclap

noun

thun·​der·​clap ˈthən-dər-ˌklap How to pronounce thunderclap (audio)
1
: a clap of thunder
2
: something sharp, loud, or sudden like a clap of thunder

Examples of thunderclap in a Sentence

I was awakened by a thunderclap. awakened by the thunderclap of a large branch falling on the roof
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thunderclap was in the 14th century

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“Thunderclap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thunderclap. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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thunderclap

noun
thun·​der·​clap -ˌklap How to pronounce thunderclap (audio)
1
: a clap of thunder
2
: something sharp, loud, or sudden like a clap of thunder

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