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 After the man fell to the sidewalk, one officer appeared to pummel him repeatedly with his fists. Washington Post, "Two N.C. officers suspended over ‘disturbing’ video of them punching Black man on the ground," 12 Apr. 2021 The challenges bore daunting names such as: body blender, jigglelator, sweep and weep, pummel pool, revolving French fries, messy mile and silver bullet. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Being shot from a cannon wasn’t biggest ‘Wipeout’ challenge," 20 Apr. 2021 The People’s Liberation Army could pummel Taiwanese air bases with thousands of rockets and cruise missiles. David Axe, Forbes, "Taiwan Is Developing A New Fighter Jet—It Might Last Minutes In A War With China," 19 Apr. 2021 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

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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 2021

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“Pummel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pummel. Accessed 8 May. 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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