thun·​der·​strike ˈthən-dər-ˌstrīk How to pronounce thunderstrike (audio)
thunderstruck ˈthən-dər-ˌstrək How to pronounce thunderstrike (audio) ; thunderstruck also thunderstricken ˈthən-dər-ˌstri-kən How to pronounce thunderstrike (audio) ; thunderstriking ˈthən-dər-ˌstrī-kiŋ How to pronounce thunderstrike (audio) ; thunderstrikes

transitive verb

: to strike with sudden and usually great wonder or surprise : astonish
used in the passive
was thunderstruck at the news
archaic : to strike by or as if by lightning
… wake, man, ere God thunderstrike MayenceRobert Browning

Examples of thunderstrike in a Sentence

everyone was thunderstruck when she quit her job without warning

Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thunderstrike was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Thunderstrike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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