[puhm-uh l]
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verb (used with object), pum·meled, pum·mel·ing or (especially British) pum·melled, pum·mel·ling.
  1. to beat or thrash with or as if with the fists.
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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Related Words for pummeling

knock, pelt, trounce, punch, crush, thrash, smack, batter, bash, wallop, lash, flog, maul, whip, pound, hit, club, cudgel, ram, clout

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Contemporary Examples of pummeling

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  • Gail Hartman pummeling a gun-wielding criminal in The River Wild.

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    October 9, 2009

Historical Examples of pummeling

British Dictionary definitions for pummeling


verb -mels, -melling or -melled or US -mels, -meling or -meled
  1. (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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper