Definition of thunderous in English:



  • 1Relating to or resembling thunder.

    ‘a thunderous grey cloud’
    • ‘The haunting Sounding depicting rays of sunlight through thunderous clouds is the stand-out piece of the whole exhibition.’
    • ‘There was a blinding white flash and a thunderous roar echoed in her ears.’
    • ‘Scuba diving in the afternoon, we noticed the cloud massing like a thunderous frown over the island and the water began to churn around us.’
    • ‘Her eyes were entranced in the gray sky, just visible outside of the Plexiglas, watching the thunderous clouds roll through the sky like an avalanche.’
    • ‘Dawn came with some nasty surprises of massive thunderous cracks.’
    • ‘The thunderous, roaring rain seemed to echo her thoughts.’
    • ‘There was a rumble, a kind of thunderous sound, and then we were engulfed in a cloud of dust and debris.’
    • ‘To his left thunderous cloud heads form, taking shape in colours of grey and blue.’
    1. 1.1Very loud.
      ‘thunderous applause’
      • ‘Behind them the waves continued to pound the beach - a clamouring symphony of thunderous echoes that reverberated throughout the tangled maze of the pier.’
      • ‘The sound of immense boulders tearing through stone was thunderous and struck a powerful blow to the men's morale.’
      • ‘One night he caused a terrific row and there were a series of thunderous crashing noises followed by a lot of shouting in Arabic as the proprietor tried to settle the situation.’
      • ‘And the applause from the huge hall was thunderous.’
      • ‘There's ample activity in the surrounds, with thunderous bass creating a huge, enveloping soundfield.’
      • ‘Wherever US troops are present, the violence is present and the troops are everywhere - in their rumbling tanks, thunderous choppers and provocative foot patrols.’
      • ‘The loud thunderous sound of footsteps running into the valley arose.’
      • ‘There was a loud, thunderous applause as she gave them one last smile and burst into tears.’
      • ‘Shelley proceeded to name each member, taking notice that Brandon got the loudest, most thunderous applause.’
      • ‘Other thunderous detonations resounded from the area of the airport before the all-clear siren sounded, leaving an eerie quiet.’
      • ‘After a burst of thunderous applause, the children received a lot of presents.’
      • ‘There was a corresponding echo with thunderous clapping.’
      • ‘Dressed in blue and gray suits, they climb out, waving American flags, to thunderous applause.’
      • ‘With a thunderous cheer in response from the audience, they began to perform.’
      • ‘Above the thunderous roaring of the engine, I regretfully made out Vitto's two departing words.’
      • ‘The title track tries to deflate its portentous musical backing of crashing cymbals and thunderous pianos with daft lyrics about needing a new eiderdown and some binoculars.’
      • ‘The loud thunderous music blaring from the beach nearby remained passive to the girl's ears, as she sat deep in thought.’
      • ‘I froze when I heard loud, thunderous footsteps racing up the stairs and soon banging fists were pounding against my door.’
      • ‘The thunderous roar of the crowd is deafening even when the stadium is less than half-full.’
      • ‘The visitors' stands, while smaller than the home stands, nonetheless exploded in a thunderous round of raucous applause for their team.’
      • ‘They made a dramatic entrance to thunderous music and suddenly the hall was full of giant devils, spiders, dragons and other figures.’
      very loud, tumultuous, booming, rumbling, roaring, blaring, resounding, reverberating, reverberant, echoing, vibrant, ringing, carrying, deafening, ear-splitting, ear-piercing, noisy
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    2. 1.2Very powerful or intense.
      ‘no goalkeeper cares to face his thunderous shots’
      • ‘City were denied an equaliser on 32 minutes by the woodwork as City's latest young international Levent Yalcin's thunderous shot from 25 yards clipped the post.’
      • ‘Plus Glenn were rocked back on their heels three minutes later when Kevin Savage lashed a thunderous shot off the underside of the Glenn crossbar and into the net.’
      • ‘Alan Lewis's hunch has been proved correct; this is, indeed, a game where every yard is gained only after thunderous collision.’
      • ‘Ruairi Gavin cracked a thunderous shot against the crossbar and Thomas McNally met the rebound and forced a great save from the Westport keeper, Mark McCaffrey.’
      • ‘It's a thunderous, powerful record housing the sound of a band that appears to have a near-kinetic quality.’
      • ‘The Waterford keeper advanced from his line to spectacularly parry Holt's thunderous shot from 18 yards before the ball had been hacked to safety.’
      • ‘The final race went to the superb young apprentice Tom Queally who gave 10/1 shot Sea Storm a thunderous ride to beat Takes Tutu.’
      • ‘He can dazzle with quick moves to the basket, culminating in thunderous dunks.’
      • ‘They were ordered to give him a " thunderous ovation, " and they did.’
      • ‘Properly packed, the shot barrel produces a thunderous roar and devastating effect on close-range targets.’
      • ‘No other player of the modern age has such an unassuming demeanour off the course and such a thunderous presence on it.’
      • ‘State television showed footage of the thunderous explosions, which shook the area.’
      • ‘Under the weight of massive, thunderous protests and growing international pressure, Damascus has pledged to withdraw its troops from Lebanon in line with the Taif Accords.’
      powerful, forceful, violent, ferocious, fierce, brutal, vicious, vigorous, hefty, savage, destructive, damaging, painful
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  • 2(of a person's expression or behaviour) very angry or menacing.

    ‘Robin's thunderous mood hadn't lightened’
    • ‘I watched the operation from behind the living-room curtains because of my father's thunderous mood and because if I were any closer I'd vomit.’
    • ‘Montgomerie could only manage a second round 71 despite a superb start at PGA Golf de Catalunya - and the thunderous expression on his face told its own story.’
    • ‘Faith looked up to see a man striding towards them with a thunderous expression, dragging a little girl with him.’
    • ‘The other four occupants of the pub replied to this with extremely heavy, thunderous expressions.’
    • ‘Once home, he had giggled with unabashed glee over the memory of Professor Hawthorne's thunderous expression.’
    • ‘This brought him off of his cloud of thunderous anger boiling up in him.’
    • ‘Shifting his imposing frame, his expression takes on a thunderous aspect, suggesting this is the wrong question to ask.’
    • ‘Thursday Kerr was in a thunderous mood because Cosla announced huge rises in council tax bills.’
    • ‘Gilmartin's thunderous mood wasn't helped by what Lawlor said next.’
    • ‘As for Colin Montgomerie, a 5-5 finish for 69 and an eight-under-par aggregate had the three-time champion in one of his more thunderous moods.’
    • ‘I only had to look at Katie's thunderous expression to realize she'd not had a good day.’
    • ‘As we tour the house, there is no sign of the obsessive perfectionist whose thunderous features can silence a gallery with a single stony glare.’
    • ‘Anna looked up at Lachlan and, to her great surprise, she saw that his expression was thunderous.’
    • ‘Face red and eyes a thunderous cloud he took two more steps towards her, until she was nearly under him.’
    • ‘Her voice was thunderous… she had never been so angry in her life.’