verb (pummels, pummeling, pummeled ; British pummels, pummelling, pummelled)[with object]
- 1Strike repeatedly, typically with the fists: Bob did not fight back for the fifteen minutes that the half-dozen men pummeled himMore example sentences
- The door shuddered as thumping fists pummelled the wood.
- Feeble fists started pummeling him, beating at his chest.
- He slipped on a pair of weighted training mitts and started to belt and pummel the bag mercilessly.
- 1.1North American • informal Criticize adversely: he has been pummeled by the reviewersMore example sentences
- And the critics are likely to pummel it mercilessly.
- What I cannot believe is that the leader of the opposition did not adopt this as his main line of attack and pummel the President on this.
- Like some unwanted child who no one loved, Boat Trip sank like a stone at the box office and took a pummeling at the hands of critics and audiences alike.
mid 16th century: variant of pommel.