pelt

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verb (used with object)
  1. to attack or assail with repeated blows or with missiles.
  2. to throw (missiles).
  3. to drive by blows or missiles: The child pelted the cows home from the fields.
  4. to assail vigorously with words, questions, etc.
  5. to beat or rush against with repeated forceful blows: The wind and rain pelted the roofs and walls of the houses for four days.
verb (used without object)
  1. to strike blows; beat with force or violence.
  2. to throw missiles.
  3. to hurry.
  4. to beat or pound unrelentingly: The wind, rain, and snow pelted against the castle walls.
  5. to cast abuse.
noun
  1. the act of pelting.
  2. a vigorous stroke; whack.
  3. a blow with something thrown.
  4. speed.
  5. an unrelenting or repeated beating, as of rain or wind.

Origin of pelt

1
First recorded in 1490–1500; origin uncertain
Related formsun·pelt·ed, adjective

pelt

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[pelt]
noun
  1. the untanned hide or skin of an animal.
  2. Facetious. the human skin.
Idioms
  1. in one's pelt, Facetious. naked.

Origin of pelt

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1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps back formation from peltry; compare Old French pelete, derivative of Latin pellis skin
Related formspelt·ish, adjectivepelt·less, adjective

Synonyms for pelt

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1. See skin.
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Contemporary Examples of pelt

Historical Examples of pelt

  • Run to the farm as hard as you can pelt, and bring Turkey to meet us.

  • If you capture me you will get at the most no more than five thousand pieces of copper for my pelt.

  • As well might he have sent him a hundred figs wherewith to pelt the army of Valentino!

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Did you expect to pelt the enemy with these, or did you reckon upon no enemy at all?

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Fig. 39 shows incisions to make in removing a pelt for a symmetrical rug.

    Taxidermy

    Leon Luther Pray


British Dictionary definitions for pelt

pelt

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verb
  1. (tr) to throw (missiles) at (a person)
  2. (tr) to hurl (insults) at (a person)
  3. (intr; foll by along, over, etc) to move rapidly; hurry
  4. (intr often foll by down) to rain heavily
noun
  1. a blow
  2. speed (esp in the phrase at full pelt)
Derived Formspelter, noun

Word Origin for pelt

C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet

pelt

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noun
  1. the skin of a fur-bearing animal, such as a mink, esp when it has been removed from the carcass
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for pelt
v.

"to strike" (with something), c.1500, of unknown origin; perhaps from early 13c. pelten "to strike," variant of pilten "to thrust, strike," from an unrecorded Old English *pyltan, from Medieval Latin *pultiare, from Latin pultare "to beat, knock, strike." Or from Old French peloter "to strike with a ball," from pelote "ball" (see pellet (n.)) [Klein]. Watkins says the source is Latin pellere "to push, drive, strike." Related: Pelted; pelting.

n.

"skin of a fur-bearing animal," early 15c., of uncertain origin, perhaps a contraction of pelet (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French pelete "fine skin, membrane," diminutive of pel "skin," from Latin pellis "skin, hide" (see film (n.)). Or perhaps the source of the English word is Anglo-French pelterie, Old French peletrie "fur skins," from Old French peletier "furrier," from pel.

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