pelting

[pel-ting]
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Origin of pelting

1530–40; perhaps dial. pelt rags, rubbish (akin to Danish pjalt rag) + -ing2. See paltry
Related formspelt·ing·ly, adverb

pelt

1
[pelt]
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
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pelt

1
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

2
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 pelting

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.

pelt

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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