verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of pelt

First recorded in 1490–1500; origin uncertain
Related formsun·pelt·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pelted

Contemporary Examples of pelted

Historical Examples of pelted

  • One of our chaps, taking in a load of wounded, was chased and pelted the other day.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • The Poets who embrace and admire the people are often pelted with stones and crucified.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Adelaide and Courvoisier, it seemed, might almost be pelted with the same stones.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Two of the persons who went to fetch them were well thrashed and pelted with stones.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Then we pelted her with sunshine, and caressed her with shade, and then she was happiest of all.

British Dictionary definitions for pelted




(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


a blow
speed (esp in the phrase at full pelt)
Derived Formspelter, noun

Word Origin for pelt

C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet




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 pelted



"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.



"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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