pum·​mel | \ˈpə-məl \
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling\ ˈpə-​mə-​liŋ , 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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Getty Images Maria Gabriela Flores, an architect based in San Juan, was home when Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico with 155-mile-per-hour winds and, in some areas, 20 inches of torrential rain. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 The rest of Twitter takes turns pummeling this person into submission. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 With hurricanes bearing down on the east coast and gulf states, and tornadoes and floods pummeling the south and midwest, people have power outages on their minds. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Home Generator 101: How to Power on When the Power Goes Out," 10 Sep. 2018 Increased tensions between the U.S. and Turkey earlier this week, combined with broader macroeconomic fears about emerging-market contagion and Chinese economic growth, pummeled commodities. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Copper Steadies After Brutal Week for Metals," 17 Aug. 2018 And while director Peyton Reed’s movie trashes a few San Francisco tourist destinations, no country is decimated, and no planet gets pummeled. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Importance of Small Stories in Big Universes," 5 July 2018 Anyone with an internet connection can watch the shaky footage showing the one-time strongman as he is bloodied, pummeled, grabbed by the hair, stripped and led to his death. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Is North Korea trying to get John Bolton fired?," 17 May 2018 Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images Bloomberg Bloomberg via Getty Images The swampy heat wave pummeling the New York City area is slowing everybody down — and high-speed traders are no exception. Fortune, "This Heat Wave's So Bad It's Even Slowing Down U.S. Stock Trades," 3 July 2018 The percussionist Fiona Digney, pummelling a conspicuously coffin-like apparatus, made a sound to wake the dead. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 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 \
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling

Kids Definition of pummel

1 : to hit repeatedly

2 : to defeat badly

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