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[puhm-uh l] /ˈpʌm əl/
verb (used with object), pummeled, pummeling or (especially British) pummelled, pummelling.
to beat or thrash with or as if with the fists.
Also, pommel.
Origin of pummel
First recorded in 1540-50; alteration of pommel
Related forms
unpummeled, adjective
unpummelled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Nothing would have pleased me better at that moment than to pummel the life out of him.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
  • Will you take it back, or shall I pummel the stuffing out of you?

    Tabitha's Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Gypsy, seated at one side, began without any provocation to pummel Clown.

    Verotchka's Tales Mamin Siberiak
  • The saddle should have what is called a third pummel, or leaping-horn.

  • Now, Miss Fairlegh, take a firm hold of the pummel; place your foot in my hand—are you ready?

    Frank Fairlegh Frank E. Smedley
British Dictionary definitions for pummel


verb -mels, -melling, -melled (US) -mels, -meling, -meled
(transitive) to strike repeatedly with or as if with the fists Also (less commonly) pommel
Word Origin
C16: see pommel
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Word Origin and History for pummel

1540s, alteration of pommel in the verbal sense of "to beat repeatedly." In early use pumble, poumle; current spelling from c.1600. Related: Pummeled; pummeling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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