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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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  • Both rolled in the dust, caught at each other's short hair, pummeled, bit and swore.

  • They dove for him, hauled him out of the bed, and pummeled him with sheer delight.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • He pushed the little dog back into his lap and pummeled him gently with his left hand.

    Ministry of Disturbance Henry Beam Piper
  • He could have pummeled the irreverent knot of gamins who mimicked it grotesquely.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Karl threw himself upon Peter and pummeled away at him, although that serious-minded lad was anything but a tyrant!

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
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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