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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English thonderynge, þoundryng, equivalent to thunder +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of thunder
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      ...Mr. Crofts (that was the name of my brute) was gone out of the house, after waiting till he had tired his patience for Mrs. Brown's return, they came thundering up-stairs...


thundering (comparative more thundering, superlative most thundering)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or accompanied by thunder.
  2. Producing a noise or effect like thunder; thunderous.
  3. (colloquial) Very great; extraordinary.
    • 1927, G. K. Chesterton, The Secret of Father Brown
      “I think it had a thundering lot to do with the story I am considering now,” said Father Brown.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English thundryng, þondring, from Old English þunring (thundering; thunder), equivalent to thunder +‎ -ing.


thundering (plural thunderings)

  1. A loud percussive sound, like thunder.
    • 1833, Bela Bates Edwards, Memoir of the Rev. Elias Cornelius, page 275:
      I listened while God seemed to speak through the thunderings of the great cataract before me.
  2. (archaic) A thunderstorm.