pum·​mel ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pummel (audio)
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling ˈpə-mə-liŋ How to pronounce pummel (audio)
: pound, beat

Examples of pummel in a Sentence

pummeled the mugger with her fists until help arrived
Recent Examples on the Web In the following years, Russian fighter jets pummelled areas under rebel control, while fighters from Russian mercenary groups, Iranian militias, and Hezbollah reinforced Assad’s troops on the ground. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2023 But during the fight, three students were pummeled. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 As states pummeled by Hurricane Idalia work to clean up, the storm is expected to cause between $12 billion and $20 billion in damage and lost economic activity, according to a new estimate. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 31 Aug. 2023 Hurricane Idalia, the first major storm to pummel Florida this season, brought a surge of seawater on Wednesday that flooded neighborhoods along much of the state’s western coast and lacerating winds that cut power and leveled trees. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Despite the cheer over the release of Iran’s prisoners, critics continued to pummel the Biden administration for making concessions to the country, with which Washington has not had diplomatic relations for decades. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 As the Chinese tariff pummeled profits, Senator Elizabeth Warren was one of several Massachusetts lawmakers who sought federal assistance for cranberry growers. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 The electrical problems began after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island in 2017 and razed the power grid that crews only recently started to rebuild. Danica Coto, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2023 Powerful storms have regularly pummeled Florida’s coastal communities in recent years. Rob Wile, NBC News, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of pommel

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pummel was in 1548

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“Pummel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pummel. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


pum·​mel ˈpəm-əl How to pronounce pummel (audio)
pummeled or pummelled; pummeling or pummelling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce pummel (audio)
: pound entry 3 sense 2a, beat
knead and pummel the dough
: to defeat decisively
pummeled the competition

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