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pelt1

[pelt] /pɛlt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to attack or assail with repeated blows or with missiles.
2.
to throw (missiles).
3.
to drive by blows or missiles:
The child pelted the cows home from the fields.
4.
to assail vigorously with words, questions, etc.
5.
to beat or rush against with repeated forceful blows:
The wind and rain pelted the roofs and walls of the houses for four days.
verb (used without object)
6.
to strike blows; beat with force or violence.
7.
to throw missiles.
8.
to hurry.
9.
to beat or pound unrelentingly:
The wind, rain, and snow pelted against the castle walls.
10.
to cast abuse.
noun
11.
the act of pelting.
12.
a vigorous stroke; whack.
13.
a blow with something thrown.
14.
15.
an unrelenting or repeated beating, as of rain or wind.
Origin of pelt1
1490-1500
1490-1500; origin uncertain
Related forms
unpelted, adjective

pelt2

[pelt] /pɛlt/
noun
1.
the untanned hide or skin of an animal.
2.
Facetious. the human skin.
Idioms
3.
in one's pelt, Facetious. naked.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English; perhaps back formation from peltry; compare Old French pelete, derivative of Latin pellis skin
Related forms
peltish, adjective
peltless, adjective
Synonyms
1. See skin.
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  • I skinned him and hung his pelt on a tree; and, on foot, made my way into camp, after a fruitless search for my bronco.

  • You took care to pelt no one else, and now you deny it before all of us who saw you.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • A dog never forgets a morsel, though you pelt him a hundred times with stones.

  • I came here for nothing else than to pelt that scoundrel off the stage.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • The wind was dropping, so that the rain drove less in slanting sheets, but it seemed to pelt down all the more heavily for that.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
  • They set about skinning the loup-cervier, and spread the pelt upon the floor for a robe.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • The redder and browner sorts are also good for rugs as they are thick in the pelt.

  • When unable any longer to stand the fire, they rode off as hard as they could pelt.

    Roger Willoughby William H. G. Kingston
  • That beautiful snow out there—don't you want to tumble round in it and pelt each other with snowballs?

    The Naturewoman Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for pelt

pelt1

/pɛlt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to throw (missiles) at (a person)
2.
(transitive) to hurl (insults) at (a person)
3.
(intransitive; foll by along, over, etc) to move rapidly; hurry
4.
(intransitive) often foll by down. to rain heavily
noun
5.
a blow
6.
speed (esp in the phrase at full pelt)
Derived Forms
pelter, noun
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet

pelt2

/pɛlt/
noun
1.
the skin of a fur-bearing animal, such as a mink, esp when it has been removed from the carcass
2.
the hide of an animal, stripped of hair and ready for tanning
Word Origin
C15: perhaps back formation from peltry
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Word Origin and History for pelt
v.

"to strike" (with something), c.1500, of unknown origin; perhaps from early 13c. pelten "to strike," variant of pilten "to thrust, strike," from an unrecorded Old English *pyltan, from Medieval Latin *pultiare, from Latin pultare "to beat, knock, strike." Or from Old French peloter "to strike with a ball," from pelote "ball" (see pellet (n.)) [Klein]. Watkins says the source is Latin pellere "to push, drive, strike." Related: Pelted; pelting.

n.

"skin of a fur-bearing animal," early 15c., of uncertain origin, perhaps a contraction of pelet (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French pelete "fine skin, membrane," diminutive of pel "skin," from Latin pellis "skin, hide" (see film (n.)). Or perhaps the source of the English word is Anglo-French pelterie, Old French peletrie "fur skins," from Old French peletier "furrier," from pel.

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