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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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  • Both rolled in the dust, caught at each other's short hair, pummeled, bit and swore.

  • They dove for him, hauled him out of the bed, and pummeled him with sheer delight.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • He pushed the little dog back into his lap and pummeled him gently with his left hand.

    Ministry of Disturbance Henry Beam Piper
  • He could have pummeled the irreverent knot of gamins who mimicked it grotesquely.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Karl threw himself upon Peter and pummeled away at him, although that serious-minded lad was anything but a tyrant!

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
British Dictionary definitions for pummeled


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 pummeled



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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