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

Definition of pummel

: pound, beat

Examples of pummel in a Sentence

pummeled the mugger with her fists until help arrived
Recent Examples on the Web Even as more people flee the country’s south and east, where Russian forces continue to pummel cities and towns, Lviv is now working to contend with its own future. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Metalheads may be interested to know that Dietrich and Metallica didn’t pummel the rye with the original version of Ride the Lightning, either. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2022 Prices are spiraling out of control in Russia as the effects of sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine trigger shortages and pummel the ruble. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 6 Apr. 2022 Russian troops continue to pummel Ukrainian cities and kill civilians even as the Ukrainians have prevented them from claiming major wins and toppling the government in Kyiv. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2022 The strategy on the steppe, now as in wars past, has been to outflank and surround enemy forces, then pummel them with artillery, as the Soviets did over this same terrain in World War II. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 Lakers coach Frank Vogel called three timeouts in the first quarter to stop Phoenix’s momentum only to see the Suns continue to pummel them. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 14 Mar. 2022 But Putin’s forces have used air power and artillery to pummel Ukraine's cities. Evgeniy Maloletka, ajc, 11 Mar. 2022 That is a deeply personal story for Reeves, writ large into a nearly three-hour comic book movie about a billionaire scion who dresses like a bat to pummel criminals in the dead of night. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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5 May 2022

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“Pummel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pummel. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pummel


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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Nglish: Translation of pummel for Spanish Speakers


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