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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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  • And when the story was finished they dragged Roy from the bench and sat upon him and pummelled him joyfully.

    The Crimson Sweater Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "Don't you talk to mah sister that way," Jason shouted as he pummelled the doctor.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • It was different when we were children and pummelled each other.'

    Corleone F. Marion Crawford
  • He gesticulated, he swore and he pummelled the cringing Hentzi.

  • The more David pummelled him, the greater was the Little Missioner's triumph.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone James Oliver Curwood
  • Penrod pummelled till he was tired, and produced no greater effect.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • She pummelled its cushions with her fists for some time and then put a pillow on it.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • The widow was pounded and pummelled until the police rescued her.

  • Her hands had pummelled every part of the boy's body; brooms were broken on him without beneficial results.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • The baronet rose; and the butcher instantly took his head "into chancery," and pummelled him to his heart's content.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for pummelled


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 pummelled



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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Slang definitions & phrases for pummelled



Intoxicated with alcohol; also, beat up

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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