One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern Irish, Scottish
A heavy and sudden shower of rain accompanied by thunder and lightning.‘a very heavy thunder-plump in summer’
- ‘Unlike last year's thunder-plump that sent the crowd packing, the humid evening kept the estimated 900 people there until the end.’
- ‘Within 15 minutes a large black cloud looms, which soon produces a thunderplump.’
- ‘A thunder-plump caused flooding in the town.’
- ‘The crop always seems to be drying up and then down comes another thunder-plump.’
- ‘There comes a thunderplump of rain.’
- ‘Another thunderplump cascaded down on him just as he was about to hit his tee shot at the tenth.’
Early 19th century: from thunder + plump.
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