[ puhm-uhl ]
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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.

Origin of pummel

First recorded in 1540–50; alteration of pommel

Other words from pummel

  • un·pum·meled, adjective
  • un·pum·melled, adjective

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How to use pummel in a sentence

  • They led and countered and pummelled each other till the perspiration poured down their faces and they had begun to breathe hard.

    The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
  • Next an anonymous Irish Member fell over the bench on to Saunderson's knee, and was there incontinently but heartily pummelled.

  • Then we tapped and pummelled and pressed imaginary springs till we were nearly sick of it—there was nothing to guide us.

    Uncanny Tales | Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • Upon this bed the ice is put, broken and pummelled, and beaten down together in the usual manner.

    Cottage Economy | William Cobbett
  • Lake and the editor quarrelled—pummelled each other—neither know nor care what it was about.

    New Grub Street | George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for pummel


/ (ˈpʌməl) /

verb-mels, -melling or -melled or US -mels, -meling or -meled
  1. (tr) to strike repeatedly with or as if with the fists: Also (less commonly): pommel

Origin of pummel

C16: see pommel

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