pelting

[ pel-ting ]
/ ˈpɛl tɪŋ /

adjective Archaic.

paltry; petty; mean.

Origin of pelting

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

Definition for pelting (2 of 2)

pelt

1
[ pelt ]
/ pɛlt /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for pelting (1 of 2)

pelt

1
/ (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 Formspelter, noun

Word Origin for pelt

C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet

British Dictionary definitions for pelting (2 of 2)

pelt

2
/ (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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