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

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Examples of pummel in a Sentence

pummeled the mugger with her fists until help arrived
Recent Examples on the Web On one internet forum dedicated to noise problems, with more than 58,000 members, tips are shared for revenge using massage guns to pummel the ceiling, slamming the door or playing ghost sounds through the vents. Los Angeles Times, "Vengeance is served with a jackhammer or death metal: South Koreans strike back at noisy neighbors," 30 Mar. 2021 Another winter storm with snow and ice is forecast to pummel the South and Midwest on Wednesday. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "We can stop the fourth wave," 16 Feb. 2021 Tornadoes and thunderstorms on Saturday continued to pummel the South, which has been battered by extreme weather since mid-March. NBC News, "Tornadoes, thunderstorms continue to batter the South," 27 Mar. 2021 Another winter storm with snow and ice was forecast to pummel portions of the South and Midwest on Wednesday. Editors, USA TODAY, "Brutal winter weather, Trump Plaza, pandemic job losses: 5 things you need to know Wednesday," 17 Feb. 2021 The same storm about to pummel Denver with 1-3 feet of snow will brush far southern Minnesota with plowable amounts Monday into early Tuesday. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Warm & Sunny Saturday. Somewhat Sour Monday," 12 Mar. 2021 Designed to ensure Europe's energy dependence on the Kremlin for the next 50 years, the pipeline will also pummel Ukraine's burgeoning energy export industry. Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner, "How the West can deter Putin from killing Navalny in prison," 26 Feb. 2021 The Brazilians continued to pummel the box, with Marta nearly connecting with Debinha for the equalizing goal in the 82nd minute. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "USWNT pulls away for SheBelieves Cup win over Brazil," 21 Feb. 2021 As a once-in-a-century pandemic continues to pummel the United States and the world, Rochelle Walensky has many tasks before her — not the least of which is rebuilding the credibility of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Star Tribune, "CDC's new leader faces pandemic and rebuilding job," 14 Feb. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Pummel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pummel. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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