Etymology

1. thunderclap

noun. a single sharp crash of thunder.

Etymology

  • clap (English)
  • clæppan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • thunder (English)
  • þunor (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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2. thunderclap

noun. a shocking surprise.

Synonyms

  • thunderbolt
  • surprise

Antonyms

  • defend
  • whisper
  • stand still

Etymology

  • clap (English)
  • clæppan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • thunder (English)
  • þunor (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

Example sentences of the word thunderclap


1. Noun, singular or mass
After a storm, it's usually safe to shower or go outside 30 minutes after the last thunderclap and lightning strike, although errant, clear blue sky bolts do occur from time to time.

2. Adjective
People have called it a thunderclap headache or the worst headache of their lives.

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