pelt

1
[pelt]
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun


Origin of pelt

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

pelt

2
[pelt]

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 formspelt·ish, adjectivepelt·less, adjective

Synonyms for pelt

1. See skin.
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Examples from the Web for pelt

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

1

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 Formspelter, noun

Word Origin for pelt

C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet

pelt

2

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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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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