- paltry; petty; mean.
Origin of pelting
- 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 pelting
Or one year before, a then 16-year-old Bieber narrowly avoided arrest after pelting a Maryland state trooper with a water balloon.Justin Bieber Freaks Out Over Grammys, Feuds With the Black Keys
February 13, 2013
The family said the man was picnicking; the Border Patrol said the victim was pelting the agent with rocks.U.S. Border Patrol Fires at Rock Throwers in Mexico, and Three Have Died
Terry Greene Sterling
October 13, 2012
His masters would then amuse themselves by pelting him with bones.Persian Fire and Rubicon (Full)
September 23, 2012
Several hundred people gathered near the Japanese embassy in Beijing, some pelting it with water bottles and eggs.China Is Protesting, Too
September 17, 2012
The place looked pretty bleak in the pelting snow and final minutes of wintry gray light.The Whitney's Trippy Outdoor Pop Art
June 17, 2010
And from that cloud showered these hot, pelting pebbles of pumice stone.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
The other cab was pelting after him with all the enthusiasm of a hound on a fresh trail.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And there she sat, pelting the two of them with green apples.'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
Some one, apparently, had been pelting the pulpit with them.The Monkey That Would Not Kill
He saw how I was encumbered, and he must have felt the pelting rain.A Houseful of Girls
- (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 pelting
"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.