thunder Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “thunder” in the English Dictionary

"thunder" in British English

See all translations

thundernoun

uk   /ˈθʌn.dər/  us   /ˈθʌn.dɚ/
B1 [U] the ​suddenloudnoise that comes from the ​skyespecially during a ​storm: a clap of thunder thunder and ​lightning
[S] a ​continuousloudnoise: I couldn't ​hear what he was saying over the thunder of the ​waterfall.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

thunderverb

uk   /ˈθʌn.dər/  us   /ˈθʌn.dɚ/
[I] When it thunders, a ​loudnoise comes from the ​sky: The ​skygrewdark and it ​started to thunder.
[I + adv/prep] to ​move, making a lot of ​noise: The ​train thundered past, ​shaking the ​wholehouse.
[I] to ​shoutangrily: [+ speech] "I never ​want to ​see you here again!" he thundered.
thundering
noun [U] uk   /ˈθʌn.dər.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈθʌn.dɚ.ɪŋ/
We could ​hear the thundering (= ​continuousloudnoise) of the ​guns all ​night.
(Definition of thunder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thunder" in American English

See all translations

thundernoun [U]

 us   /ˈθʌn·dər/
the ​sudden, ​loudnoise that comes after a ​flash of ​lightning: a ​clap of thunder

thunderverb [I]

 us   /ˈθʌn·dər/
to ​produce thunder after a ​flash of ​lightning: The ​skygrewdark and it ​started to thunder. The ​horses thundered past (= moved making a lot of ​noise), ​shaking the ​house.
(Definition of thunder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of thunder?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“thunder” in British English

“thunder” in American English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

star

a very large ball of burning gas in space that is usually seen from the earth as a point of light in the sky at night

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More