Definition of pummel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəməl/

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 him
More 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.
batter, pound, belabor, drub, beat;
informal clobber, wallop, bash, whack, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a (good) hiding, belt, lay into, lam, bust, slug
literary smite
1.1North American informal Criticize adversely: he has been pummeled by the reviewers
More 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.

Words that rhyme with pummel

Brummell, pommel

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Syllabification: pum·mel

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