[ puhm-uh l ]
/ ˈpʌm əl /

verb (used with object), pum·meled, pum·mel·ing or (especially British) pum·melled, pum·mel·ling.

to beat or thrash with or as if with the fists.

Nearby words

  1. pumelo,
  2. pumice,
  3. pumice country,
  4. pumice stone,
  5. pumiceous,
  6. pummelo,
  7. pump,
  8. pump box,
  9. pump gun,
  10. pump iron

Also pommel.

Origin of pummel

First recorded in 1540–50; alteration of pommel

Related formsun·pum·meled, adjectiveun·pum·melled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pummeling


/ (ˈpʌməl) /

verb -mels, -melling or -melled or US -mels, -meling or -meled

(tr) to strike repeatedly with or as if with the fistsAlso (less commonly): pommel

Word Origin for pummel

C16: see pommel

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Word Origin and History for pummeling



1540s, alteration of pommel in the verbal sense of "to beat repeatedly." In early use pumble, poumle; current spelling from c.1600. Related: Pummeled; pummeling.

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