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pelting

[pel-ting] /ˈpɛl tɪŋ/
adjective, Archaic.
1.
paltry; petty; mean.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; perhaps dial. pelt rags, rubbish (akin to Danish pjalt rag) + -ing2. See paltry
Related forms
peltingly, adverb

pelt1

[pelt] /pɛlt/
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
Related forms
unpelted, adjective
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  • The pelting of the rain outside can't be heard in the cave of the forgotten tonight.
  • Pleasantly, between the pelting showers, the sunshine gushes down.
  • He has dreams, too, nightmares about filthy pelting storms and attacks by mysterious strangers on him and his family.
  • It is possible that the atmosphere will get more of a pelting from the solar wind during that time than it does now.
  • With power down and rain pelting the region, it's impossible to determine yet how badly those districts were affected.
  • People ran through the piles, or stood underneath the fountain, taking the pelting.
  • But the freezing rain was pelting down, and reports of more crashes were coming over the radio.
  • Scorching sun, biting winds and pelting rain can occur in the same hour.
  • Most of the storm-related damage incurred by vegetable crops were the result of washouts, spoilage, or rain pelting.
  • With heavy drops pelting our faces, searching the island becomes a challenge.
British Dictionary definitions for pelting

pelt1

/pɛlt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to throw (missiles) at (a person)
2.
(transitive) to hurl (insults) at (a person)
3.
(intransitive; foll by along, over, etc) to move rapidly; hurry
4.
(intransitive) often foll by down. to rain heavily
noun
5.
a blow
6.
speed (esp in the phrase at full pelt)
Derived Forms
pelter, noun
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet

pelt2

/pɛlt/
noun
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
Word Origin
C15: perhaps back formation from peltry
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Word Origin and History for pelting

pelt

v.

"to strike" (with something), c.1500, of unknown origin; perhaps from early 13c. pelten "to strike," variant of pilten "to thrust, strike," from an unrecorded Old English *pyltan, from Medieval Latin *pultiare, from Latin pultare "to beat, knock, strike." Or from Old French peloter "to strike with a ball," from pelote "ball" (see pellet (n.)) [Klein]. Watkins says the source is Latin pellere "to push, drive, strike." Related: Pelted; pelting.

n.

"skin of a fur-bearing animal," early 15c., of uncertain origin, perhaps a contraction of pelet (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French pelete "fine skin, membrane," diminutive of pel "skin," from Latin pellis "skin, hide" (see film (n.)). Or perhaps the source of the English word is Anglo-French pelterie, Old French peletrie "fur skins," from Old French peletier "furrier," from pel.

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