verb (used with object), pom·meled, pom·mel·ing or (especially British) pom·melled, pom·mel·ling.
Origin of pommel
Related Words for pommelknob, pound, handle, pummel, club, cudgel, maul, belabor, strike, thwack, saddlebow, finial
Examples from the Web for pommel
Historical Examples of pommel
No maker's name, but the date 1638 is stamped upon the pommel.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He threw a leg over the pommel of his saddle and the three men halted in a group.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
De Spain raised his right hand from his thigh to the pommel of his saddle.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
He had clenched his teeth and clung to the pommel desperately.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
She turned and put her hand on the pommel, and sprang into the saddle.The Mermaid
verb -mels, -melling or -melled or US -mels, -meling or -meled
Word Origin for pommel
mid-13c., "ornamental knob;" c.1300, "knob at the end of a sword hilt," from Old French pomel (12c., Modern French pommeau), "rounded knob," diminutive of pom "hilt of a sword," from Late Latin pomellum, diminutive of Latin pomum "apple" (see Pomona), the connecting notion being "roundness." Sense of "front peak of a saddle" first recorded mid-15c. In Middle English poetry it also sometimes meant a woman's breast. The gymnast's pommel horse is attested from 1908.