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pelt

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[ pelt ]
/ pɛlt /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
noun
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Origin of pelt

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First recorded in 1490–1500; Middle English pilten, pelten; further origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM pelt

un·pelt·ed, adjective

Other definitions for pelt (2 of 2)

pelt2
[ pelt ]
/ pɛlt /

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

Origin of pelt

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First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps back formation from peltry; compare Old French pelete, derivative of Latin pellis “skin”

synonym study for pelt

1. See skin.

OTHER WORDS FROM pelt

peltish, adjectivepeltless, adjective
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How to use pelt in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pelt (1 of 2)

pelt1
/ (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 of pelt

pelter, noun

Word Origin for pelt

C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet

British Dictionary definitions for pelt (2 of 2)

pelt2
/ (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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