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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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Examples from the web for pummeled
  • Same thing that the guys getting pummeled by shrapnel were doing up here.
  • Whatever the context, watching largely defenseless, densely packed urban areas being pummeled with missiles is traumatizing.
  • She's been cooling her pummeled heels lately, which doesn't mean she's traveling any less.
  • The facial muscles twitch and contort, as if pummeled by a hail of invisible darts.
  • As he rushed by he picked her up, hurled her to the ground, and pummeled her.
  • Cavitation-bubble implosion-can make pieces of steel look as if they've been pummeled by artillery.
  • In the center of a cheering ring, two soldiers pummeled each other with boxing gloves.
  • When this weakened surface is pummeled by traffic, small pieces will break off.
  • Severe weather has already pummeled portions of the south this spring.
  • These are below the belt punches aimed at consumers who have already been pummeled.
British Dictionary definitions for pummeled


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 pummeled



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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