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pelting

[pel-ting] /ˈpɛl tɪŋ/
adjective, Archaic.
1.
paltry; petty; mean.
Origin of pelting
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 other cab was pelting after him with all the enthusiasm of a hound on a fresh trail.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • And from that cloud showered these hot, pelting pebbles of pumice stone.

  • This proved no gentle shower, but a fierce, robust, pelting flood.

    Dandelion Cottage Carroll Watson Rankin
  • And there she sat, pelting the two of them with green apples.'

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  • In heavy, pelting rains a fine spray will come through on the windward side.

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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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