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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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  • Nothing would have pleased me better at that moment than to pummel the life out of him.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
  • Will you take it back, or shall I pummel the stuffing out of you?

    Tabitha's Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Gypsy, seated at one side, began without any provocation to pummel Clown.

    Verotchka's Tales Mamin Siberiak
  • The saddle should have what is called a third pummel, or leaping-horn.

  • Now, Miss Fairlegh, take a firm hold of the pummel; place your foot in my hand—are you ready?

    Frank Fairlegh Frank E. Smedley
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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