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tsunami Syllabification: tsu·na·mi
Pronunciation: /(t)so͞oˈnämē/

Definition of tsunami in English:

noun (plural same or tsunamis)

1A long high sea wave caused by an earthquake, submarine landslide, or other disturbance.
Example sentences
  • In the days since tsunami struck, newspaper reportage suggests a growing acknowledgement that disaster affects different groups of people differently.
  • Hollywood celebrities have donated large sums of money to survivors of the tsunami disaster, via some of the big relief agencies that are currently working in South Asia.
  • More than a million children have lost their families in the tsunami.
1.1An arrival or occurrence of something in overwhelming quantities or amounts: a tsunami of data pours into the CNBC newsroom every minute of every trading day
More example sentences
  • Talk to teachers today, and you'll hear about their struggle to cope with a veritable tsunami of students pouring into school each year.
  • Amid the tsunami of indignant emails were a couple of noteworthy contributions.
  • Disappointed customers unleashed a tsunami of emails asking, nay begging, for another chance to secure a bargain.


Late 19th century: from Japanese, from tsu 'harbor' + nami 'wave'.

  • The tsunami of Boxing Day 2004 made this Japanese word for a huge sea wave caused by an underwater earthquake known to everyone, replacing the misleading term tidal wave. It is formed from tsu ‘harbour’ and nami ‘wave’. See also tornado, typhoon

Words that rhyme with tsunami

army, balmy, barmy, gourami, macramé, origami, palmy, pastrami, salami, smarmy, swami, Yanomami

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