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

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Examples of pummel in a Sentence

pummeled the mugger with her fists until help arrived
Recent Examples on the Web The storm began pummeling the Northeast as snow, freezing rain and sleet on Sunday. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Winter storm could still dump up to 2 feet of snow from Pennsylvania to Maine," 3 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile in central and southern Oregon, travelers may have to adjust their plans in light of heavy rain and snow that are forecast to pummel the region Tuesday afternoon and night. NBC News, "Storms threaten Thanksgiving travel across U.S., hundreds of flights canceled in Denver," 26 Nov. 2019 Officials said the violence erupted after one of the attackers ripped the cell phone from a man’s hand and others tried to intervene only to be pummeled. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Violent beating of three seniors in San Francisco’s Chinatown sparks fear, outrage," 11 Nov. 2019 While others just chose to pummel the 'fraudulent' Spaniard. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts to Gabriel Martinelli 'Masterclass' as Arsenal Romp to Europa League Victory," 3 Oct. 2019 Finally, a full day after Dorian first began pummeling their island, Howard and Lynn climbed onto the last thing left above the ocean -- the kitchen cabinets. Patrick Oppmann And Jaide Garcia, CNN, "Hurricane Dorian victim finds his wife's glasses, diary and rosary -- but not her body," 1 Oct. 2019 Mallets are in vogue; pitching machines can also be used to pummel the leather. Kevin Armstrong, New York Times, "Smash ’Em, Bake ’Em or Sit on ’Em: The Inexact Science of Breaking In Gloves," 27 Sep. 2019 Up to 10 inches of rain is expected to pummel the Houston area on Tuesday as a tropical disturbance makes its way into Southeast Texas. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "High water locations reported through out the Houston area," 5 June 2019 Mr Gantz, a former general who pummelled the Palestinians in Gaza, has failed to form a government of his own. The Economist, "Unsettling America’s decision to recognise Israeli settlements makes peace less likely," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of pummel was in 1548

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23 Jan 2020

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“Pummel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pummeling. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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