pum·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pummel (audio) \
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling\ ˈpə-​mə-​liŋ How to pronounce pummelling (audio) , ˈpəm-​liŋ \

Definition of pummel

: pound, beat

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Examples of pummel in a Sentence

pummeled the mugger with her fists until help arrived

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The explosive growth of e-commerce and waves of retailer bankruptcies, combined with rents that skyrocketed in recent years coming out of a recession, have pummeled streets known for huge, attention-grabbing spaces. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "North Michigan Avenue tries to bring back the 'Magnificent' amid retail upheaval," 5 June 2019 Michigan pummels the Creighton Bluejays to win the Corvallis Regional. oregonlive.com, "Adley Rutschman becomes the man of the moment, Pat Casey’s decision is TBA: Diamonds & Dust," 4 June 2019 Factor in the more potent Turing architecture in the new GPU, along with significantly higher boost clock speeds, and the GTX 1650 should pummel its predecessors despite sticking to the same 75W TDP. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 is a $150 graphics card built to plug-and-play in any PC," 23 Apr. 2019 Lackluster economic reports from across the world also have pummeled assets such as stocks, fueling anxiety broadly. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Fears Loomed Large in Oil’s Worst Quarter Since 2014," 1 Jan. 2019 But even as drink carts pummel your elbows and your seat-back TVs flicker and go dark, there’s still a tiny sliver of elegance when airborne: the clothes. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 2018 Nearly six months after Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Houston area with over four feet of rain, 30 experts and local leaders will speak at a conference this week about moving forward after one of the worst storms in U.S. history. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Experts coming to Rice University to talk about Hurricane Harvey," 19 Feb. 2018 American lawmakers and officials have long watched with alarm as Huawei pummeled rivals and snatched up business in Western countries, including some of America’s closest military allies. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Huawei Offensive Is Acceleration of Yearslong Endeavor," 8 Dec. 2018 Warplanes deployed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt pummeled his enemies and helped him capture oil terminals. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "A Libyan Strongman Looks to Washington, but a Health Crisis Looms," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pummel

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pummel

alteration of pommel

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English Language Learners Definition of pummel

: to repeatedly hit or punch (someone or something) very hard


pum·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pummel (audio) \
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling

Kids Definition of pummel

1 : to hit repeatedly
2 : to defeat badly

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