from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The report of a discharge of lightning; thunder.
  • Producing or characterized by a loud rumbling or rattling noise, as that of thunder or artillery; loud.
  • Unusual; extraordinary; great; tremendous: used as an intensive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Emitting thunder.
  • adjective Slang Very great; -- often adverbially.
  • noun Thunder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of thunder.
  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or accompanied by thunder.
  • adjective Producing a noise or effect like thunder; thunderous
  • adjective Very great; extraordinary.
  • adjective Awesomely great, intense, or unusual.
  • noun archaic thunderstorm

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective extraordinarily big or impressive
  • adjective sounding like thunder


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