thun·​der·​ous | \ ˈthən-d(ə-)rəs How to pronounce thunderous (audio) \

Definition of thunderous

1a : producing thunder
b : making or accompanied by a noise like thunder thunderous applause

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Other Words from thunderous

thunderously adverb

Examples of thunderous in a Sentence

The audience responded with thunderous applause. the last thunderous chord of the symphony rang throughout the hall
Recent Examples on the Web Osman even had a pair of thunderous transition dunks. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cedi Osman stays ready, capitalizes on opportunity after being benched earlier this month," 26 Apr. 2021 After playing just six regular season minutes, Brissett turned 10 minutes into 10 points Wednesday, including several impactful defensive plays and a thunderous alley-oop slam. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Caris LeVert, Jeremy Lamb lead short-handed Pacers to 132-124 win over Houston Rockets," 15 Apr. 2021 Eighteen of Edwards' points came on six three-point shots, the second-to-last a thunderous slam with little more than four minutes left. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Anthony Edwards scores 34 points as Timberwolves beat Portland 114-112," 14 Mar. 2021 Charlotte's Cody Martin had a backcourt steal and thunderous dunk on CJ McCollum in the first quarter. Steve Reed, Star Tribune, "Rozier, Hornets snap 4-game skid, beat Blazers 109-101," 18 Apr. 2021 Then, on game day, his younger brother punctuated the whole evening with a thunderous late dunk that left the other four USC starters on the floor backpedaling away tapping the tops of their heads and laughing. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks are a program in need of a big transformation," 29 Mar. 2021 Colorado trimmed its deficit to a point on a 3-pointer by Schwartz, but Florida State quickly answered with a thunderous alley-oop dunk by Sardaar Calhoun. Cliff Brunt, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's next opponent: Florida State advances by taking down Colorado," 22 Mar. 2021 Kofi Cockburn managed to cut Illinois’ deficits to single digits at the half, converting a three-point play and scoring on a thunderous dunk to make it 33-24, and Illinois was within 42-36 after an Ayo Dosunmu 3 with 13:12 left to play. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "No. 8 Loyola-Chicago stuns No. 1 Illinois, 71-58, advances to Sweet 16," 21 Mar. 2021 The thunderous dunk was part of a late surge by Drake, which went nearly 10 minutes with a point and closed the half on a 10-0 run to pull within 21-20. Mike Carmin, The Indianapolis Star, "Drake beats Wichita State in First Four of NCAA Tournament. Here's what to know about the win," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of thunderous

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of thunderous was in 1582

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4 May 2021

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“Thunderous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderous

: making a loud noise like the sound of thunder : very loud

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