pelting

[pel-ting]

Origin:
1530–40; perhaps dial. pelt rags, rubbish (akin to Danish pjalt rag) + -ing2. See paltry

peltingly, adverb
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pelt

1 [pelt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to attack or assail with repeated blows or with missiles.
2.
to throw (missiles).
3.
to drive by blows or missiles: The child pelted the cows home from the fields.
4.
to assail vigorously with words, questions, etc.
5.
to beat or rush against with repeated forceful blows: The wind and rain pelted the roofs and walls of the houses for four days.
verb (used without object)
6.
to strike blows; beat with force or violence.
7.
to throw missiles.
8.
to hurry.
9.
to beat or pound unrelentingly: The wind, rain, and snow pelted against the castle walls.
10.
to cast abuse.
noun
11.
the act of pelting.
12.
a vigorous stroke; whack.
13.
a blow with something thrown.
14.
15.
an unrelenting or repeated beating, as of rain or wind.

Origin:
1490–1500; origin uncertain

unpelted, adjective
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pelt1 (pɛlt)
 
vb (often foll by down)
1.  (tr) to throw (missiles) at (a person)
2.  (tr) to hurl (insults) at (a person)
3.  (intr; foll by along, over, etc) to move rapidly; hurry
4.  to rain heavily
 
n
5.  a blow
6.  speed (esp in the phrase at full pelt)
 
[C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet]
 
'pelter1
 
n

pelt2 (pɛlt)
 
n
1.  the skin of a fur-bearing animal, such as a mink, esp when it has been removed from the carcass
2.  the hide of an animal, stripped of hair and ready for tanning
 
[C15: perhaps back formation from peltry]

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Word Origin & History

pelt
"to strike" (with something), c.1500, perhaps from an unrecorded O.E. *pyltan, from M.L. *pultiare, from L. pultare "to beat." Or from O.Fr. peloter "to strike with a ball," from pelote "ball" (see pellet).

pelt
"skin of a fur-bearing animal," 1425, related to earlier pel (c.1300), contraction of pelet, from O.Fr. pelete "fine skin, membrane," dim. of pel "skin," from L. pellis "skin, hide."
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Example sentences
The pelting of the rain outside can't be heard in the cave of the forgotten tonight.
People ran through the piles, or stood underneath the fountain, taking the pelting.
Most of the storm-related damage incurred by vegetable crops were the result of washouts, spoilage, or rain pelting.
Pleasantly, between the pelting showers, the sunshine gushes down.
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