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

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Williamson likely will dazzle the crowd with the high-flying, thunderous dunks that left college basketball fans in awe last season. Roy Parry,, "Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson nears NBA Summer League debut," 2 July 2019 Vosmik, a Cleveland native who lead off and played right field, drew a thunderous ovation that lasted almost two minutes. Marc Bona,, "1935: Cleveland hosts the 3rd All-Star Game - colorful characters, moments," 1 July 2019 Hours after takeoff, peepers were still glued to pixels by the thousands, replaying Hart’s thunderous dunk on mobile devices across the city (now nearly 24,000 views). Aaron Carter,, "Jalen Roberts and JayDoeFilms among many videographers on the Philly high school sports scene," 5 June 2019 Vanska seemed determined to emphasize the extremes with large leaps from fortissimo to pianissimo and back, moments of dancing in sunlight quickly enshrouded in thunderous clouds. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Emotional extremes fill Minnesota Orchestra’s season-closing Mahler," 13 June 2019 The thunderous work had been premiered a few months before in Kubyshev, a city in Russia’s interior to which the composer had been evacuated. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, "‘How Shostakovich Changed My Mind’ Review: Music and Madness," 17 May 2019 Other times, the thunderous roar of self-doubt threatens to drown me right there in my bed. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "It’s Beyond Refreshing That Even Beyoncé Experiences Self-Doubt as a Mother," 17 Apr. 2019 Eloy Jiménez hit a pair of thunderous homers on a soggy night in the Bronx, likely the first of many connections for the powerful young slugger. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Jiménez hits 1st 2 HRs, ChiSox top Yanks in soggy 6+ innings," 12 Apr. 2019 Your hair stands on end, your teeth chatter, and your ears are deafened as the thunderous roar shakes your house and rattles the window panes. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Bolts from the blue: Here’s how lightning can strike when a storm is tens of miles away," 27 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of thunderous

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

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