verb (pummels, pummelling, pummelled; US pummels, pummeling, pummeled)[with object]
- 1Strike repeatedly with the fists: he felt like a boxer who had been pummelled mercilessly against the ropesMore 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 severely: he has been pummelled 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.