Definition of thunderous in English:



  • 1Relating to or giving warning of thunder.

    ‘a thunderous gray cloud’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To his left thunderous cloud heads form, taking shape in colours of grey and blue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The haunting Sounding depicting rays of sunlight through thunderous clouds is the stand-out piece of the whole exhibition.’
    • ‘The thunderous, roaring rain seemed to echo her thoughts.’
    • ‘There was a blinding white flash and a thunderous roar echoed in her ears.’
    • ‘Dawn came with some nasty surprises of massive thunderous cracks.’
    • ‘There was a rumble, a kind of thunderous sound, and then we were engulfed in a cloud of dust and debris.’
    1. 1.1Very loud.
      ‘thunderous applause’
      • ‘I froze when I heard loud, thunderous footsteps racing up the stairs and soon banging fists were pounding against my door.’
      • ‘The sound of immense boulders tearing through stone was thunderous and struck a powerful blow to the men's morale.’
      • ‘Shelley proceeded to name each member, taking notice that Brandon got the loudest, most thunderous applause.’
      • ‘There was a loud, thunderous applause as she gave them one last smile and burst into tears.’
      • ‘The visitors' stands, while smaller than the home stands, nonetheless exploded in a thunderous round of raucous applause for their team.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘And the applause from the huge hall was thunderous.’
      • ‘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 loud thunderous music blaring from the beach nearby remained passive to the girl's ears, as she sat deep in thought.’
      • ‘There's ample activity in the surrounds, with thunderous bass creating a huge, enveloping soundfield.’
      • ‘They made a dramatic entrance to thunderous music and suddenly the hall was full of giant devils, spiders, dragons and other figures.’
      • ‘Other thunderous detonations resounded from the area of the airport before the all-clear siren sounded, leaving an eerie quiet.’
      • ‘With a thunderous cheer in response from the audience, they began to perform.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The loud thunderous sound of footsteps running into the valley arose.’
      • ‘There was a corresponding echo with thunderous clapping.’
      • ‘After a burst of thunderous applause, the children received a lot of presents.’
      • ‘Above the thunderous roaring of the engine, I regretfully made out Vitto's two departing words.’
      • ‘Dressed in blue and gray suits, they climb out, waving American flags, to thunderous applause.’
      • ‘The thunderous roar of the crowd is deafening even when the stadium is less than half-full.’
      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.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were ordered to give him a " thunderous ovation, " and they did.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a thunderous, powerful record housing the sound of a band that appears to have a near-kinetic quality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He can dazzle with quick moves to the basket, culminating in thunderous dunks.’
      • ‘Alan Lewis's hunch has been proved correct; this is, indeed, a game where every yard is gained only after thunderous collision.’
      powerful, forceful, violent, ferocious, fierce, brutal, vicious, vigorous, hefty, savage, destructive, damaging, painful
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