pelt

1 of 4

noun (1)

1
: a usually undressed skin with its hair, wool, or fur
a sheep's pelt
2
: a skin stripped of hair or wool for tanning

pelt

2 of 4

verb (1)

pelted; pelting; pelts

transitive verb

: to strip off the skin or pelt of (an animal)

pelt

3 of 4

verb (2)

pelted; pelting; pelts

transitive verb

1
a
: to strike with a succession of blows or missiles
pelted him with stones
b
: to assail vigorously or persistently
pelted her with accusations
2
: hurl, throw
pelted snowballs at them
3
: to beat or dash repeatedly against
hailstones pelting the roof

intransitive verb

1
: to deliver a succession of blows or missiles
2
: to beat incessantly
3
: to move rapidly and vigorously : hurry
pelter noun

pelt

4 of 4

noun (2)

1
: blow, whack
2
chiefly British : a rapid pace : speed
usually used in the phrase full pelt
A friend still has the three lines up his legs where he ran full pelt into a barbed wire fence. John Woodhouse

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1) and Verb (1)

Middle English, probably from pelett animal skin, from Anglo-French pelette — more at peltry

Verb (2)

Middle English

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1568, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pelt was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near pelt

Cite this Entry

“Pelt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pelt. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

pelt 1 of 2

noun

: a usually unfinished skin with its hair, wool, or fur

pelt

2 of 2

verb

1
: to strike with a series of blows, missiles, or words
2
3
: to beat against again and again
4
: to move quickly

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