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[puhm-uh l] /ˈpʌm əl/
verb (used with object), pummeled, pummeling or (especially British) pummelled, pummelling.
to beat or thrash with or as if with the fists.
Also, pommel.
Origin of pummel
1540-50; alteration of pommel
Related forms
unpummeled, adjective
unpummelled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Wind and rain pummel the domes, sculpting peaks and valleys.
  • It allows players to pummel opponents, with little or no punishment, with late and excessive hits.
  • Stoppers relish the opportunity to corner and pummel the interlopers.
  • His interview method was to coax rather than pummel.
  • The pummel cushion was the only device that kept the resident from sliding.
  • Simultaneously, their four-foot wings pummel the surface.
  • Both parties continued to pummel the court with motions over the next few months.
  • The rain continued to pummel down, and he could feel it soaking through his jacket now.
British Dictionary definitions for pummel


verb -mels, -melling, -melled (US) -mels, -meling, -meled
(transitive) to strike repeatedly with or as if with the fists Also (less commonly) pommel
Word Origin
C16: see pommel
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Word Origin and History for pummel

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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