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

Examples of pelt in a Sentence

Noun (1) caught beavers and sold the pelts to fur traders Verb (2) pelted away when the cops arrived pelted snowballs at each other while waiting for the bus pelted the other kids with pebbles Noun (2) gave the dog a sharp pelt on the nose with her rolled up newspaper
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Farmers pelted police with beets and then sprayed liquid manure on them before police responded with tear gas and water cannons. Rob Schmitz, NPR, 8 June 2024 Late last May, the town and its prewar population of 40,000 were pelted with artillery for weeks, and when it was evacuated in early June, many homes and apartment complexes had been severely damaged. Valerie Hopkins Nanna Heitmann, New York Times, 29 May 2024 In comments on the police Instagram post, one former neighbor said the man repeatedly pelted his dog with ball bearings and BBs. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 26 May 2024 The surface broke up under the speeds, pelting following racers with rocks and debris. Dawn Mitchell, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pelt 

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Pelt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pelt. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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
Etymology

Noun

Middle English pelt "skin and attached fur of an animal"

Verb

Middle English pelten "to hit with a series of blows, pelt"

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