[puhm-uh l]

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.

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 pummelled

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

Examples from the Web for pummelled

Historical Examples of pummelled

  • "Don't you talk to mah sister that way," Jason shouted as he pummelled the doctor.

    The Premiere

    Richard Sabia

  • She pummelled its cushions with her fists for some time and then put a pillow on it.

    Lalage's Lovers

    George A. Birmingham

  • He gesticulated, he swore and he pummelled the cringing Hentzi.

  • Penrod pummelled till he was tired, and produced no greater effect.


    Booth Tarkington

  • It was different when we were children and pummelled each other.'


    F. Marion Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for pummelled


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 pummelled



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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