pelt

1
[ pelt ]
/ pɛlt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Origin of pelt

1
First recorded in 1490–1500; origin uncertain

Related forms

un·pelt·ed, adjective

Definition for pelt (2 of 2)

pelt

2
[ pelt ]
/ pɛlt /

noun

the untanned hide or skin of an animal.
Facetious. the human skin.

Origin of pelt

2
1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps back formation from peltry; compare Old French pelete, derivative of Latin pellis skin

Related forms

pelt·ish, adjectivepelt·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pelt (1 of 2)

pelt

1
/ (pɛlt) /

verb

(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

noun

a blow
speed (esp in the phrase at full pelt)

Derived Forms

pelter, noun

Word Origin for pelt

C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet

British Dictionary definitions for pelt (2 of 2)

pelt

2
/ (pɛlt) /

noun

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 for pelt

C15: perhaps back formation from peltry
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