- to attack or assail with repeated blows or with missiles.
- to throw (missiles).
- to drive by blows or missiles: The child pelted the cows home from the fields.
- to assail vigorously with words, questions, etc.
- to beat or rush against with repeated forceful blows: The wind and rain pelted the roofs and walls of the houses for four days.
- to strike blows; beat with force or violence.
- to throw missiles.
- to hurry.
- to beat or pound unrelentingly: The wind, rain, and snow pelted against the castle walls.
- to cast abuse.
- the act of pelting.
- a vigorous stroke; whack.
- a blow with something thrown.
- an unrelenting or repeated beating, as of rain or wind.
Origin of pelt1
Examples from the Web for pelted
He sat for hours in an open booth, pelted by the elements, but he found the experience exhilarating.Charlie Brotman, Announcer of Presidential Inaugurals Since Truman’s
January 17, 2013
After being dragged from his truck, Denny was pelted with bricks and beaten within an inch of his life by a crowd of black men.L.A. Riots Anniversary: 8 Infamous Videos
April 27, 2012
The storms brought winds gusting up to 90 miles per hour and pelted areas near the launch pad with hailstones.NASA Endeavour Shuttle Launch Delayed
Peter J. Boyer
April 3, 2011
At which point he was pelted on live television by an unidentified flying object—a direct hit to his left cheek.Crashing the Climate Party
December 17, 2009
One of our chaps, taking in a load of wounded, was chased and pelted the other day.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The Poets who embrace and admire the people are often pelted with stones and crucified.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Adelaide and Courvoisier, it seemed, might almost be pelted with the same stones.The First Violin
Two of the persons who went to fetch them were well thrashed and pelted with stones.The Phantom World
Then we pelted her with sunshine, and caressed her with shade, and then she was happiest of all.
- (tr) to throw (missiles) at (a person)
- (tr) to hurl (insults) at (a person)
- (intr; foll by along, over, etc) to move rapidly; hurry
- (intr often foll by down) to rain heavily
- a blow
- speed (esp in the phrase at full pelt)
- the skin of a fur-bearing animal, such as a mink, esp when it has been removed from the carcass
- the hide of an animal, stripped of hair and ready for tanning
Word Origin and History for pelted
"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.
"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.