- thoner, thunder, thundre, thonre, thunnere, þunre, thwndur, thundur, thondir, thondyr, þonder, þunder, thounder, thundyr
Inherited from Old English þunor, from Proto-Germanic *þunraz. The varieties with -d- are from the oblique stem of þunor, þunr-, which experienced a sound change -nr- → -ndr-; this was leveled into all forms of the word (compare Middle English gandre).
thonder (plural thondres)
- Thunder (loud noise created during a thunderstorm).
- A thunderstorm (storm which accompanies such a loud noise).
- Something which acoustically resembles thunder.
- a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Apocalips 6:1”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
- And Y ſai, that the lomb hadde openyd oon of the ſeuene ſeelis. And Y herde oon of the foure beeſtis ſeiynge, as a vois of thundur, Come, and ſe.
- And I noticed that the lamb had opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four beasts saying, with a voice like thunder: "Come and see!"
- Lightning (especially in contexts referring to destruction)
- (rare) A threat or intimidation.