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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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  • He pounced across the sidewalk, and soon the twain were struggling in the snowdrift, pummeling one another with might and main.

    The Christmas Angel Abbie Farwell Brown
  • Well, I guess not, after the pummeling you gave him, laughed Sam.

  • Cosden cried, reaching over and pummeling Huntington on the back.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
  • And there was the devil and a Smalander, who were pummeling each other with might and main.

  • Meantime the two soldiers were pummeling poor Loubet, who had not regained his feet.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for pummeling


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 pummeling



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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