Definition of thunder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈθʌndə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθʌndər//
    [uncountable] Sky
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  1. 1the loud noise that you hear after a flash of lightning, during a storm the rumble of distant thunder a clap/crash/roll of thunder Thunder crashed in the sky. CollocationsThe weatherGood weather be bathed in/​bask in/​be blessed with/​enjoy bright/​brilliant/​glorious sunshine the sun shines/​warms something/​beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/​streams through something fluffy/​wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/​light/​stiff/​cool/​warm/​sea breeze blows in/​comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/​under somebody’s feet/​bootsBad weather thick/​dark/​storm clouds form/​gather/​roll in/​cover the sky/​block out the sun the sky darkens/​turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/​heavy/​thick fog rolls in the rain falls/​comes down (in buckets/​sheets)/pours down snow falls/​comes down/​covers something the wind blows/​whistles/​howls/​picks up/​whips through something/​sweeps across something strong/​gale-force winds blow/​gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/​is moving inland/​hits/​strikes/​rages thunder rolls/​rumbles/​sounds (forked/​sheet) lightning strikes/​hits/​flashes a (blinding/​snow) blizzard hits/​strikes/​blows/​rages a tornado touches down/​hits/​strikes/​destroys something/​rips through something forecast/​expect/​predict rain/​snow/​a category-four hurricane (North American English) pour (down)/ (British English) pour (down) with rain get caught in/​seek shelter from/​escape the rain be covered/​shrouded in mist/​a blanket of fog be in for/​brave/​shelter from a/​the storm hear rolling/​distant thunder be battered/​buffeted by strong winds (British English) be blowing a gale battle against/​brave the elementsThe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/​brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/​clear the rain stops/​lets up/​holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/​fog lifts/​clears See related entries: Sky
  2. 2a loud noise like thunder the thunder of hooves
  3. Word OriginOld English thunor (noun), thunrian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch donder and German Donner (noun), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin tonare ‘to thunder’.Extra examples She could hear the thunder of hoofs approaching. The gunfire rumbled like dull thunder. The thunder was getting louder and louder. The windows were shaken by a tremendous crash of thunder. Thunder boomed in the sky overhead. The thunder of gunfire announced the beginning of the attack. The thunder of hooves split the air as the horses burst through the mist.Idioms
    somebody’s face is like thunder, somebody has a face like thunder
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    somebody looks very angry See related entries: Anger, Facial expressions
    steal somebody’s thunder
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    to get the attention, success, etc. that somebody else was expecting, usually by saying or doing what they had intended to say or do
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: thunder