Definition of thunderous in US English:

thunderous

adjective

  • 1Relating to or giving warning of thunder.

    ‘a thunderous gray cloud’
    • ‘There was a rumble, a kind of thunderous sound, and then we were engulfed in a cloud of dust and debris.’
    • ‘The thunderous, roaring rain seemed to echo her thoughts.’
    • ‘To his left thunderous cloud heads form, taking shape in colours of grey and blue.’
    • ‘The haunting Sounding depicting rays of sunlight through thunderous clouds is the stand-out piece of the whole exhibition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dawn came with some nasty surprises of massive thunderous cracks.’
    1. 1.1 Very loud.
      ‘thunderous applause’
      • ‘I froze when I heard loud, thunderous footsteps racing up the stairs and soon banging fists were pounding against my door.’
      • ‘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 music blaring from the beach nearby remained passive to the girl's ears, as she sat deep in thought.’
      • ‘Behind them the waves continued to pound the beach - a clamouring symphony of thunderous echoes that reverberated throughout the tangled maze of the pier.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Shelley proceeded to name each member, taking notice that Brandon got the loudest, most thunderous applause.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a thunderous cheer in response from the audience, they began to perform.’
      • ‘And the applause from the huge hall was thunderous.’
      • ‘The loud thunderous sound of footsteps running into the valley arose.’
      • ‘Other thunderous detonations resounded from the area of the airport before the all-clear siren sounded, leaving an eerie quiet.’
      • ‘There's ample activity in the surrounds, with thunderous bass creating a huge, enveloping soundfield.’
      • ‘Above the thunderous roaring of the engine, I regretfully made out Vitto's two departing words.’
      • ‘They made a dramatic entrance to thunderous music and suddenly the hall was full of giant devils, spiders, dragons and other figures.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After a burst of thunderous applause, the children received a lot of presents.’
      • ‘There was a loud, thunderous applause as she gave them one last smile and burst into tears.’
      • ‘There was a corresponding echo with thunderous clapping.’
      • ‘The sound of immense boulders tearing through stone was thunderous and struck a powerful blow to the men's morale.’
      • ‘Dressed in blue and gray suits, they climb out, waving American flags, to thunderous applause.’
      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. 1.2 Very powerful or intense.
      ‘thunderous romantic situations and adventures’
      ‘the hockey game against Sweden included several thunderous collisions’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No other player of the modern age has such an unassuming demeanour off the course and such a thunderous presence on it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘State television showed footage of the thunderous explosions, which shook the area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alan Lewis's hunch has been proved correct; this is, indeed, a game where every yard is gained only after thunderous collision.’
      • ‘They were ordered to give him a " thunderous ovation, " and they did.’
      • ‘He can dazzle with quick moves to the basket, culminating in thunderous dunks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Properly packed, the shot barrel produces a thunderous roar and devastating effect on close-range targets.’
      • ‘It's a thunderous, powerful record housing the sound of a band that appears to have a near-kinetic quality.’
      powerful, forceful, violent, ferocious, fierce, brutal, vicious, vigorous, hefty, savage, destructive, damaging, painful
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Pronunciation

thunderous

/ˈTHənd(ə)rəs//ˈθənd(ə)rəs/